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Man resists while being arrested on charges of battering elderly woman

Aaron Andrew McGuire

A 35-year-old Ocala man put up a fight as he was being arrested for allegedly battering an elderly woman.

Aaron Andrew McGwire was charged with domestic battery on a person 65 years of age or older, assault on a person 65 years of age or older, and resisting an officer without violence after incident, which happened early Tuesday.

McGwire told the Marion County sheriff’s deputy who responded to the report of a disturbance that everything was OK and nothing happened. The deputy then spoke with the victim, who said McGwire shoved her at around 2 a.m. and that her sister witnessed the incident, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Deputies detained McGwire and as they were walking him to the patrol vehicle, McGwire started to push and lock his legs in front of him to keep them from moving him. McGwire also tried to sit down. He did this several times before deputies had to pick him up by his arms to escort him into the vehicle, the report said.

The victim said the trouble started when McGwire asked her for cigarettes. The victim said she told him it was not a good time, which made McGwire mad. She said while she and McGwire were sitting in the hallway, he shoved her with his hands, making contact with her upper chest and causing her to fall backwards and fall and bump into a door. The victim said her sister was nearby and observed it, according to the report.

The victim said she and McGwire were sitting on the couch in the living room at around 8 a.m. when he said, “I ought to just kill you bitch,” and slapped her multiple times on her left arm with the back of his hand. The victim said McGwire raised his balled fist like he was going to punch her. She said she was in imminent fear that he was going to hit her, so she grabbed a coffee mug as a weapon for protection, the report said.

The victim said she doesn’t know why McGwire was mad at her at that time, and that her sister was in the room and also observed the incident. She said McGwire has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She said McGwire has been taking medication and she believes he knows the difference between right and wrong, according to the report.

The victim’s sister said she witnessed McGwire shoving, slapping, and raising his fist as if he was going to hit the victim. McGwire refused to answer the deputy’s questions and was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was being held Thursday on $8,000 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 10.

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