An Ocala man is accused of battering a woman who woke him up to show him her son’s good report card.
Kevin Bertrain Riley, 33, was charged with simple domestic battery after the incident, which happened Wednesday night. The victim called 911 and said Riley had battered her and wasn’t letting her leave the home. She said he had a handgun and she was afraid he’d shoot her if she tried to leave.
While Marion County sheriff’s deputies were on the way to the home, the victim called to say she was able to get away and that she’d meet them at the corner of Highway 328 and NW 117th Court. Upon arrival at the intersection, deputies observed visible injuries to the victim’s left eye and the left side of her head. The area where she was allegedly hit was red in color and turning purple, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said her son received a good report card and she was excited about it. She said she tried to wake up Riley to tell him the good news and he became confrontational. The victim said he left the room briefly but then came back and cornered her between the bed and the door, the report said.
The victim said Riley slightly pushed his phone on her left eye while she was backed into the corner. She said she had nowhere to go, so she threw her keys at him in self-defense, hitting him in the head. The victim said she was able to get out of the room, where Riley followed her and punched her with a closed fist on her left eye, according to the report.
The victim said Riley had a silver and black handgun with him during the argument. She said when she was finally able to leave, she looked in the rear-view mirror and saw Riley with his arms extended towards the vehicle like he was pointing a gun at her, the report said.
The victim’s son said it is not uncommon for Riley and the victim to argue. He said he was in his room and didn’t see the altercation start, but he could hear it. The witness said when he came out of the room, he saw Riley punch the victim in the face, according to the report.
Riley told a deputy that he and the victim got into an argument and she tried to hit him with her keys, so he blocked her with his hands. He said the victim then got on the phone with somebody and left in her vehicle. Riley denied striking the victim and said the only physical contact was when he blocked her with his keys, according to the report.
Riley was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he is being held on $1,500 bond. He’ll appear in Marion County Jail on March 20.