Ocala elementary school employee accused of stabbing man during spat

N’Jyria Sutton

A guidance clerk at Fessenden Elementary School was arrested for allegedly stabbing a man during a domestic dispute.

N’Jyria Imani Taylor Sutton, 25, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after the incident, which happened at her residence on NE 77th Loop.

In his call to law enforcement, the victim said he had been stabbed. When a Marion County sheriff’s deputy arrived, the victim said nothing happened he received the laceration on his left pinky finger and scratch on his left upper chest happened when he was at work, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Sutton told the deputy she and the victim were having an argument and the victim locked himself in the master bathroom. She kicked bedroom door open, confronted the victim and “smooshed” his face with her hand, the report said.

Sutton said she then tried to get the victim to leave but he wouldn’t, so she grabbed a knife from the kitchen and held it up before dropping it. She denied cutting the victim and said she never intended to hurt him with it. Sutton described the knife as a black handled kitchen knife, according to the report.

Asked again about the incident, the victim said he and Sutton were arguing and she came at him with a black-handled kitchen knife. He said he grabbed the knife to take it away from her and that his how he got the laceration on his left pinky finger. He said the scratch on his chest was from work, the report said.

The deputy observed what appeared to be multiple drops of blood on the floor in the living room and in the hallway leading to the bedroom door. The bedroom door was damaged and appeared to have been kicked in, according to the report.

Sutton was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Monday on $1,000 bond. She’s scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 3.