Citra woman jailed after violent altercation breaks out at gas station

Tiffaney Renate McElroy Butcher

A Citra woman is behind bars in the Marion County Jail after a nasty altercation broke out inside at a gas station Thursday afternoon.

When Marion County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the Shell station on SW Hwy. 484, the clerk told them that a man had walked into the store, followed a short time later by 36-year-old Tiffaney Renate McElroy Butcher. The clerk said Butcher charged toward the man and allegedly battered him with her hand and arm. Video surveillance footage showed Butcher strike the man’s midsection with her right fist, as well as her lower body moving toward the man and knocking him off balance, a sheriff’s office report states.

The victim told deputies that he and Butcher had a prior argument and confirmed being struck during the confrontation in the store. Butcher, however, denied that any physical altercation had occurred.

Butcher, who has a prior conviction for battery in Marion County on July 31, 2018, was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with domestic battery (second or subsequent offense) and failure to appear on a charge of possession of heroin. She was held on $500 bond on the battery charge and no bond on the failure to appear charge. She is due in a Marion County courtroom on June 4 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

Butcher also was arrested in June 2013, February 2014 and July 2015. In those cases, she was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence, failure to appear, violating her probation on the charge of battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.