Man charged with strangling wheelchair-bound woman

Mark Hugh McEvoy

A 60-year-old Ocala was arrested after allegedly strangling a wheelchair-bound woman during a nasty domestic dispute.

Mark Hugh McEvoy was charged with domestic battery by strangulation after the incident, which happened around 9 a.m. Nov. 4 at the home where he and the victim live on NW 55th Avenue.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that McEvoy, who has a band drinking problem, took a taxi to the store on Tuesday night and came back with a bottle of alcohol. She said she was sitting at the computer in the living room when he grabbed her by her hair and started shaking her head and calling her names, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said once it was over, she sat in a chair in the living room and pretended to be asleep while McEvoy walked through the house all night calling her names. The victim said she woke up in the morning and saw McEvoy going through her belongings in search of her prescription pain medication, the report said.

The victim said she grabbed her phone to call her daughter, and McEvoy bent her left arm back and took it away. She said he left the room and returned a few minutes later and apologized, returned her phone to her and told her to call the police. The victim said McEvoy left the room again, only to return moments later and start screaming into her ear, according to the report.

The victim said McEvoy then grabbed her throat, restricting her breathing for a short time. She said he left the room again and returned with a large kitchen knife. The victim said McEvoy hit her in the center of her chest with the handle of the knife, then handed the knife to her and told her to kill herself. She said she placed the knife down in the cushion of the chair and called her friend for help, the report said.

The deputy did not observe any injuries on the victim but found the knife in the chair seat cushion. McEvoy refused to speak with the deputy about the incident, according to the report.

McEvoy was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released on $1,000 bond. He’ll appear in Marion County Court on Jan. 7.