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Tito’s Vodka-drinking New York transplant jailed after violent spat with woman and her son

Vincent Kopec

An Ocala man accused of going on an alcohol-induced rampage found himself behind bars early Sunday morning.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies spoke with a woman on Saturday night who said that 64-year-old Vincent Kopec had been drinking Tito’s Vodka around 5 p.m. when he started arguing and acting belligerent with her. She said she tried to “separate herself” from Kopec by going into a nearby bedroom but he followed her and struck her in the small of her back with a closed fist, a sheriff’s office report states.

The woman said she shoved Kopec to deter him but he told her she wasn’t allowed to touch him and he would have to “get her back.” He then punched her in the right arm, went to eat dinner and drank another bottle of Tito’s Vodka, the report says.

The woman said Kopec then started “tearing up the house” by throwing and breaking various items. She said her son then told Kopec to go outside, the report says.

The son told deputies that Kopec was “extremely intoxicated” and he thought taking him outside would help calm him down. But he said Kopec became aggressive, started pushing him and punched him in the face, the report says, adding that deputies noted a small cut on the son’s bottom lip.

The son said he punched Kopec in the head in an effort to get away from him. He said Kopec then went back into the house and tried to push the woman out of bed while cursing at her. The son said he then attempted to take control of Kopec by taking him to the ground, the report says.

The son said Kopec started punching him in the head and he and the woman started hitting him while holding him down on the ground in order to gain control of the situation. He said Kopec made statements about going to get his rifle and shooting one of the victims and himself. He added that once Kopec calmed down, they let him get up off the ground, the report says.

Kopec told deputies he “did nothing wrong” and was attacked by the woman and her son “for no reason.” Deputies noted that while speaking with Kopec they could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath. They also saw three Tito’s Vodka bottles lying on the bed in Kopec’s room, the house in “disarray” with multiple broken items and a coffee table that was upside down, the report says.

Kopec, who is originally from New York, was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with two counts of domestic battery.

Kopec is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, also having been arrested in June 2016. In that incident, he was charged with domestic battery and domestic aggravated assault without intent to kill, jail records show.

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