A 20-year-old Reddick woman was arrested last week after an after-hours altercation with two other women at the Ocala Livestock Market.
Artaisja Anne Tabre Dyous, of 13200 NW 87th Avenue, was charged with domestic battery causing bodily harm, simple battery causing bodily harm, and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana after the incident, which happened Wednesday night at the market, located at 9100 N. Gainesville Road in Ocala. Dyous and one of the victims are employees of the market.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that her responsibilities include loading livestock onto trailers after normal business hours. She said she was at home when she received a call from Dyous informing her that someone was at the incident location to pick up livestock, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said she drove to the incident location with her current girlfriend and when they arrived, Dyous appeared from out of the dark and attacked her girlfriend by punching and scratching her face. She said she and and a witness started to separate the two women when Dyous started punching her, the report said.
The victim said once the altercation ended, Dyous said she was going to retrieve her belongings from a mobile home on the property. She said she headed to the trailer to stop Dyous from destroying items inside and was attacked again, according to the report.
The victim said Dyous eventually entered the mobile home and came out with her belongings and a bottle of OxiClean, which she sprayed on the victim’s face and body. The deputy observed scratches on both sides of the victim’s nose and a spray bottle of OxiClean on the ground, the report said.
The victim’s girlfriend said she was attacked and punched by the Dyous. She said she never saw Dyous before the attack and Dyous never gave any verbal warnings. She had scratches on her right cheek, the right side of her neck, and her left foot, according to the report.
The witness, who did not know any of the women involved, said when he arrived at the incident location, Dyous approached him from out of nowhere and said she had called for someone to come help him. He said after the victims arrived, he saw Dyous attacked the victim’s girlfriend, the report said.
The witness said the victim positioned herself between the two fighting women and was punched by Dyous. He said Dyous and the victim started walking to the trailer on the property, which was about 100 yards away from where the fight took place. The witness said he saw another altercation break out, and he believed Dyous was the primary aggressor, according to the report.
After being read her Miranda rights, Dyous told the deputy she knew she was in the wrong. She said the victim told her to stay at the incident location and wait for her to load the livestock onto the trailer. She said she swung at the victim’s girlfriend when she arrived with the victim, the report said.
Dyous said the victim swung at her before the witness broke up the fight. Dyous said she was going to get her items from the trailer when the victim pulled her hair and started punching her. She said she retrieved her items and sprayed the victim with the OxiClean because the victim was walking towards her. The deputy didn’t see any injuries on Dyous’ face but did observe a minor abrasion on her left knee, according to the report.
Dyous was placed under arrest and asked if she had any illegal items in her personal belongings. She told the deputy there was marijuana in her purse, but it belonged to the victim and she was only holding it for her. The deputy found a small amount of suspected marijuana in the purse and it field-tested positive for THC content, the report said.
Dyous was taken to the Marion County Jail, where she was released Saturday on $1,500 bond. She’ll appear in Marion County Court on Feb. 26.