A day after Taylor Irby’s husband had been arrested and accused of running her off the road in Florida, she was testifying that she feared for her safety. Speaking at his June 15 bond hearing by telephone, Irby told a Polk County, Fl., judge she believed her estranged husband, 35-year-old Joseph Irby, was dangerous. The two had been separated since December. He was facing a domestic violence charge, and Taylor Irby had been granted a temporary restraining order, the Washington Post reports.
The judge released Joseph Irby on $10,000 bail on the condition he not use, possess or carry any weapons or ammunition. Taylor Irby, 32, would later tell police that this is when she decided to take matters into her own hands. While Joseph Irby was still in police custody, she drove to his apartment and collected the guns she knew he had. She turned the weapons over to police, and police arrested her on charges of grand theft of a firearm and armed burglary. She spent five nights in jail before she was released late last week. More than two dozen supporters crowded the courtroom for her bail hearing. Now, a prosecutor and others are speaking out in support of Taylor Irby and calling on Polk County State Attorney Brian Haas not to pursue the charges brought against her. Irby owns a fashion accessories business.