Man accused of slapping woman and unplugging phone

Mark Douglas Sampson

A 29-year-old Ocala man was charged with domestic battery and obstructing justice on Monday after he allegedly gave a woman a bloody nose and then unplugged the house phone while she was trying to call 911.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that Mark Douglas Sampson battered her by hitting her in the face with his hand, causing her nose to bleed where she has a nose piercing. She said she got up from the bed and Sampson shoved her to the ground, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Sampson’s mother then entered the room and he began arguing with her. The victim said she ran to the kitchen to call 911, and Sampson followed her and unplugged the phone. After several attempts on the land line and her cell phone, the victim was finally able to call 911, the report said.

The deputy observed a small amount of blood around the victim’s nose piercing, which was consistent with her version of the events. Sampson’s mother told the deputy that he started the altercation with the victim, and she saw him slap her in the face with an open hand and then push her down when she got up from the bed, according to the report.

As he was being arrested, Sampson said multiple times that he didn’t hit the victim, nor did he start an argument with her. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Tuesday on his own recognizance. He’ll appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 17.