An Ocala man with a history of domestic violence arrests is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after allegedly throwing a claw hammer at a woman during an argument.
Christopher A. Lingenfelter, 36, of SE 91st Place, was arrested Monday after he was found hiding in the woods behind his mother’s home on NE 32nd Terrace. He was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that Lingenfelter came to the home on Sunday to pick up some belongings and he became angry when she made a sarcastic comment. She said that while she was standing next to the door inside the home workshop, Lingenfelter grabbed a claw hammer and threw it at her. She said the hammer bounced off the wall behind her and then hit her in the back, a sheriff’s office report states.
The victim said she believed Lingenfelter threw the hammer to purposely hit her and that he did so against her will, causing injury. She said she didn’t call 911 at the time because she just wanted him to leave, the report says.
The deputy observed a dark purple and red oval-shaped bruise on the victim’s back. He also saw two notch marks on the wall that appear to match a claw hammer indentation, and a hammer nearby appeared to have a small amount of wood on the claw. The victim showed the deputy a photo she took right after the incident that showed a red mark on her lower back, the report says.
After being apprehended in the woods, Lingenfelter denied any incident with a hammer and advised he never touched the victim. Lingenfelter was previously jailed on domestic battery charges in May 2001, August 2010, March 2018, and July 2018. He also has numerous arrests on burglary, theft and drug charges.
Lingenfelter will answer to the latest charge in Marion County Court on April 16.