New York transplant nabbed after wig-less woman reports violent altercation

Jon Aaron Hite

A 38-year-old New York transplant was jailed Wednesday after a woman found sitting inside a vehicle parked on the side of NE 63rd Street claimed he had battered her and ripped off her wig.

The woman told Marion County sheriff’s deputies that she and 38-year-old Jon Aaron Hite had been arguing over some personal belongings. She said she had asked Hite to stop at a store so she could get Wi-Fi service on her on her phone. She said he then became angry and told her he “wanted to separate from her,” a sheriff’s office report states.

The woman said Hite started acting “irrational” and throwing her clothes out of the vehicle while he was driving. She said he also pulled her wig off and grabbed her hands during the altercation, which she recorded on her cell phone in case “something happened to her,” the report says.

The woman said Hite took off on foot with her cell phone after the argument ended – just before deputies arrived. He was located by a sheriff’s lieutenant a short time later a couple blocks away at the intersection of NE 64th Street and NE 23rd Avenue, the report says.

Deputies found the woman’s cell phone hidden in some bushes after a bystander showed them where it was. They watched the video she had recorded, which showed the argument and Hite grabbing her wig and pulling it away, the report says.

After being read his rights, Hite said he took the phone from the woman because it belonged to his mother and he didn’t want her to have it. He said he was aware that she was videoing the incident and he didn’t have any intention of destroying the recording. He also admitted to grabbing her wig, the report says.

Hite, who lives in Ocala and originally is from Port Jervis, N.Y., was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with domestic battery. He was being held on no bond and is due in court Feb. 26 at 8 a.m. to answer to the charge.