Companion’s ankle monitor leads deputies to Ocala battery suspect

Bryon Jamar Killins

An Ocala man was tracked down and arrested thanks to the ankle monitor worn by the woman he was with.

Byron Jamar Killins, 25, of SE Maricamp Road, was charged last Monday with domestic battery of a pregnant victim after he allegedly smacked her in the face after becoming irate when she answered a question asked by her son. The victim said Killins threw a comb at her and missed, and then grabbed a pair of hair clippers and tried to choke her with the cord. She said that’s when she called 911, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

Killins had fled the scene by the time deputies arrived. K-9 “Duder” tracked him to a nearby residence before losing his scent. Deputies then learned Killins was accompanied by a woman who is on the Shield GPS monitoring program. Killins and the woman were tracked to a home in the 1400 block of 117th Place, where he was apprehended, according to the report.

Killins told deputies he didn’t strike the victim. When asked why he was running from deputies, he said he wasn’t trying to evade them, and that he just wanted to leave the house. Later in the conversation, Killins said he was in the woods and saw deputies and the K-9 looking for him, according to the report.

Killins was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $2,000 bond. He already has an April 16 date in Marion County Court for his arrest last month on a grand theft auto charge, and he’ll be back to answer to the latest charge on May 17.