An Ocala man was arrested Monday night after getting into a spat with his lady friend at a self-storage complex.
Timothy Ray Knight, 35, whose address is listed as homeless, was charged with simple domestic battery after the incident, which happened around 8 p.m. at Public Self Storage, 2110 NE 36th Ave.
The victim called Ocala Police and said she had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend and was hiding in a nearby location next to railroad tracks. The officer who responded to the storage complex encountered a witness who said he saw a man and woman arguing and the next thing he knew, the man was chasing after the woman. The witness said the man, later identified as Knight, was still in the complex, according to the OPD arrest affidavit.
Police brought in additional units, including a K-9 officer, to help search for Knight. A short time later, a man with a black backpack and bicycle approached officers and identified himself as Knight. He was detained in handcuffs and taken to the patrol vehicle, the report said.
After being read his Miranda rights, Knight said he and the victim were riding in her vehicle when they started arguing over him messaging other women with his phone. He said the arguing continued at the storage complex and the victim started asking as if she was scared and told him she wanted to leave. Knight said she could leave after he got his belongings out of her vehicle, according to the report.
Knight said he started unloading the vehicle’s contents into a storage unit when the victim walked away from the vehicle. He said he continued to load the unit after she walked away. The officer noted that Knight changed his story multiple times, the report said.
Knight told the officer that he ran after the victim to convince her not to leave. He said he never prevented her from leaving the facility and she willingly returned to the vehicle. Knight said shortly after he returned to continue loading things, the victim left again and “must have hopped a fence or something.” He said the argument never became physical. Knight said he and the victim have been together for about 2 ½ years, according to the report.
The victim told the officer that she and Knight were driving to the storage facility when they started arguing over the fact that Knight was messaging other women. She said she became angry and tried to leave the vehicle. The victim said Knight grabbed her by the hair and refused to let her out of the vehicle. She said she kicked Knight in order for him to let her go, the report said.
The victim said Knight continued driving to the storage facility, refusing to let her get out of the vehicle. She said once they arrived, she grabbed some clothes from the back of the vehicle because she became extremely afraid for her live and urinated in her clothes, according to the report.
The victim said she changed her clothes in the storage locker as Knight yelled at her. She said she tried to walk away from the vehicle and exit the facility and Knight ran after her. The victim said Knight blocked her from going through the exit, saying, “you’re not going to leave here,” the report said.
The victim said she walked back to the vehicle when another vehicle showed up, parked nearby, and a man and small child got out. She said she felt like it was safe enough to try to leave again, so she walked away when Knight was inside the storage unit and ran towards the gate. The victim said she scaled the gate, ran away from the complex and hid in the bushes to wait for officers to arrive. She didn’t have any visible injuries and she did not require EMS assistance, according to the report.
Knight was determined to be the primary aggressor and placed under arrest. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was still being held Friday on $500 bond. He’ll appear in Marion County Court on Feb. 18.