An Ocala man was charged with domestic battery and witness tampering early Monday after allegedly roughing up a woman and damaging her cell phone so she couldn’t call 911.
Keith Kelvin Chambers, 35, of Silver Pass, told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy the victim attacked him, but three witnesses said Chambers was the aggressor, and that he hit himself with the door while saying he was going to have the victim arrested, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Chambers, who was previously convicted of simple domestic battery in Seminole County in 2004, said he was at his friend’s house drinking, and when he got home, the victim wouldn’t allow him to enter the house. He said when she did let him in, she attacked him and punched him in the face. The officer did not observe any injuries on Chambers’ face, but he did see what appeared to be a faint bruise on his left inner arm that was hard to identify because it was in the same area as a tattoo, the report said.
The victim said Chambers began yelling and screaming at her. When she told him to leave due to his erratic behavior, Chambers became more upset and continued to scream. The victim said when Chambers realized she was on the phone with 911, he snatched the phone out of her hand and broke it. The deputy documented the phone’s screen was broken, according to the report.
The victim said when she tried to get the phone away from Chambers, he grabbed her upper body and began squeezing her. She said her head was in his armpit area when she bit him, allowing her to get away, the report said.
Three witnesses in the home gave similar accounts of the incident. They heard the couple arguing and saw Chambers take the phone out of the victim’s hand and begin to break it. All three witnesses saw the victim bite Chambers in self-defense, and one of them said he saw Chambers try to strike the victim multiple times and miss. All three witnesses said they saw Chambers hit himself with the door and say he was going to get the victim arrested, according to the report.
Chambers was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $7,000 bond. He’ll answer to the charges in Marion County Court on June 18.