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Sword-wielding woman, disabled Navy veteran, moved to mental-health facility

ORLANDO, Fla. — The woman accused of carrying a sword into an Orlando-area mosque was transferred to a facility for mental-health treatment after her "uncooperative behavior" kept her from appearing before a judge, jail officials said.

Dominique Vianneyte Elloie, 47, was charged with disturbing school functions and possession of a weapon on school property after she was detained Dec. 19 walking into the Islamic Society of Central Florida's mosque on North Goldenrod Road with an unsheathed sword.

Elloie has missed more than four court appearances, has refused to take a booking photograph and was placed on suicide watch during her week-long stay at the Orange County Jail.

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Officials said she was involuntarily committed to a Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare facility early Friday under the state's Baker Act for mental-health observation. Elloie can be held there for up to 72 hours.

Elloie has been in custody for several days after a school security officer spotted her walking into the mosque with the weapon.

She was inside for about 15 minutes and exited, leaving the sword inside, records show.

The security officer notified the office to call 911 and the mosque was evacuated prior to her arrival.

When police tried to question Elloie, she spoke to them in German and refused to talk about the incident.

Family told the Orlando Sentinel, the U.S. Navy veteran is disabled and suffers from bipolar disorder.

Military personnel records confirmed Elloie served from 1984 to 1994 as a cryptologic technician collecting and analyzing intelligence.

During her service, she traveled aboard ships to many places like Germany and Scotland, according to family and naval records.

Elloie lived in many places after she left the military, including Orlando.

Deputies identified Elloie using an Arizona driver's license she had on her person.

According to her Facebook page, Elloie was living in Arizona with a Muslim man she married in Morroco and complained he was cheating on her in a long, ranting post on her wall.

Investigators have not indicated any motive to Elloie's armed intrusion of the mosque.

Reached at her home in Los Angeles, Elloie's mother Bessie Elloie said her daughter needs help.

"I've been begging, I've been crying and I have a basket full of numbers [from the Veteran's Administration] and no one was able to intervene. No one," she said.

It is possible Dominique Elloie — who was previously identified as Dominique Eloi by law enforcement — had not been taking her medication, her mother said.

"She's a beautiful person who served her country diligently and when it was time for her to get help, it was very difficult to get the help that she needed," Bessie Elloie said. "This is off the charts. It's really off the charts."

arehernandez@tribune.com
 

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