An Ocala woman found herself behind bars Monday night after a nasty scuffle with her man friend.
Marion County sheriff’s deputies were called to an Ocala home and when they arrived, the man told them he had been in a physical altercation with 30-year-old Kayla Marie Cole. He claimed she struck him on the left side of his face with an open hand several times, a sheriff’s office report states.
Deputies noted swelling and bruising on the bridge of the man’s nose, red marks on his forehead above his left eye and redness on his left ear. He claimed that he had injuries on his face from a previous incident “but could not articulate which injuries were caused during this incident or were already there prior,” the report says.
Cole told deputies she had been in a verbal altercation with the man and she pushed him because “he got in her face.” When asked if she “punched” the man, Cole responded, “I may have.” She also claimed he didn’t strike her during the incident, the report says.
After a criminal background check showed that Cole had been convicted of simple domestic battery in April 2012, she was arrested and taken into custody. She was then transported to the Marion County Jail, charged with domestic battery and held on $500 bond. She’s due in court March 10 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charge.