An Ocala woman spent this past Monday night in the Marion Jail after another woman accused her of smacking her in the face during an argument.
Jenise Nicole Groff, 41, of SW 109th Loop, was charged with simple battery after the incident, which happened around noon Monday at the residence where she and the victim both live. She was released the next day on her own recognizance and is due in Marion County Court on Dec. 27.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy she was in her room, minding her own business, when Groff tried to open the locked door. The victim said she didn’t want Groff to break the door, so she got up from her bed and unlocked it, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said once she unlocked the door, Groff opened it and entered the room. She said a verbal altercation took place and Groff used her open right hand to slap the victim on the left side of her face, the report said.
Groff told the deputy she arrived at the residence and said she wanted to speak with the victim. She said she tried to unlock the door with a spare key she had in her possession, but she realized the victim had already unlocked it. Groff said she entered the victim’s room and became agitated because the victim became verbally vulgar towards her, according to the report.
Groff said she acted as if she was going to hit the victim with her hand but did not actually touch her. The deputy did not observe any physical injuries on either woman.