18-year-old man behind bars after attacking mom in grocery store over food items

Adam Joseph Zirakian

A nasty battle broke out Sunday at an Ocala grocery store after an 18-year-old man tangled with his mother because she wouldn’t let him have certain food items.

When Ocala Police officers arrived at the Wal-Mart, located at 2600 SW 19th Avenue Rd., they spoke with the victim, who was being evaluated by an EMS crew. She was holding a frozen bag of food on the left side of her face, the report says.

The victim told officers that she and her son, 18-year-old Adam Joseph Zirakian, had gone to the store to shop for food after attending church. She said Zirakian had started cursing at her as she was putting food away. And she claimed that Zirakian struck her in the back of her head four times and also on her left cheek, the report says, adding that she had a large bump on her left cheek that appeared to be fresh.

Officers then watched surveillance video that showed the victim putting items back on a shelf and her son striking her seven times in the back of the head and on the left side of her face. The video also showed the victim walk away and “stand behind a large man to separate the situation,” the report says.

Zirakian told officers that that he was shopping with his mother and admitted that he got mad because she would not allow him to get certain items. He was then transported to the Marion County Jail, charged with domestic battery and held on no bond. He is due in court July 30 at 8:30 a.m.

An officer then made contact with Zirakian’s probation officer, who stated that he is currently on juvenile probation out of Georgia for attempted murder and aggravated assault that occurred when he was 16 years old. The probation officer said she would be contacting authorities to have his probations violated.