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Citra man accused of pushing woman into milk crates during spat

Robert E. Forrester

A Citra man was arrested Sunday for allegedly shoving a woman into a pile of milk crates during a domestic spat.

Robert E. Forrester, 58, was charged with simple domestic battery after the incident. Forrester’s criminal history includes convictions in 2011 and 2018 for violating domestic violence injunctions, but he does not have any battery convictions.

The victim first told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that she and Forrester were only having a verbal altercation, but she looked away from the deputy when asked if anything physical happened. A witness told the deputy that Forrester and the victim were having a verbal altercation when he shoved her into a pile of milk crates, according to the sheriff’s office report.

When the deputy asked the victim if she had any injuries, she turned around and showed two fresh scrapes on her lower right back consistent with being shoved into a milk crate. Asked if Forrester did it to her, she again looked away and said yes. Asked what time the incident occurred, the victim said it happened just prior to the deputy’s arrival, the report said.

The victim then said Forrester came home drunk. She said they were arguing about her not wanting Forrester’s friends at the house when he started calling her vulgar names and shoved her into a pile of milk crates, where she fell on the ground. The witness said she saw the entire incident and corroborated the victim’s account, according to the report.

Forrester said he didn’t put his hands on the victim at any time. He said the victim threw a beer bottle at him and was verbally attacking him but that he didn’t touch her, the report said.

Forrester was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Tuesday on $1,000 bond.

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