A 19-year-old Ocala man spent a night in jail last week after getting into a shoving match with his brother.
Coty L. Brown was charged with simple domestic battery after the incident, which happened the evening of Nov. 19 outside his brother’s house, which is across the street from his residence. It’s the second domestic battery arrest this year for Brown, who was jailed after an incident in July.
Brown’s father told an Ocala Police officer that Brown had been making threats to him and had been keeping him awake all night for the previous few nights. He said his other son – Brown’s brother – was letting his parents stay at his residence for the night so they could get some sleep, according to the police report.
Brown’s father said Brown came into his brother’s yard and started yelling, saying he wanted to fight him. He said Brown was told to leave the property and started to walk away, but he turned around and walked back into the yard. Brown’s father said the two brothers continued arguing before Brown shoved the victim several times. Brown’s father said the victim shoved Brown out of his yard, and Brown left while yelling he was going to call the police, the report said.
The victim’s girlfriend said she was inside when she heard the yelling and could hear Brown saying he wanted to fight the victim. She said she saw the brothers shoving each other from the front window. A neighbor said she saw Brown go into the victim’s yard and start yelling, cursing, and threatening to fight him. She said she didn’t see the physical confrontation because she was trying to get her children inside and away from the yelling and cursing, according to the report.
The victim said Brown came over to his yard and asked if he could go to the store with him. He said he told Brown he would let him go only if he didn’t curse and threaten him. The victim said Brown started yelling and cursing, and he told him to leave, the report said.
The victim said Brown started to walk away but turned around and got within a couple of inches of him while yelling in his face. He said Brown shoved him a few times before he shoved Brown out of the yard, according to the report.
While he was being taken to the Marion County Jail, Brown spontaneously told the officer he was arguing with his brother and they were face to face. He said, “I acted like I was going to hit him, and he shoved me,” the report said.
Brown was released shortly after midnight Nov. 21 on $500 bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 27.