A 39-year-old Ocala man is accused of trying to run over a 67-year-old family member with a van and shoving her during a fight over a Sony PlayStation video game system.
Michael Allan Howie was charged Wednesday with aggravated domestic battery on a person 65 years of age or older. The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that Howie, with whom she lives, locked her out of the house and tried to leave with a PlayStation console that also belonged to her, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said she entered the house through the back door and was trying to stop Howie from leaving through the front door and was trying to stop Howie from leaving by blocking the front door. She said Howie placed his hand on her chest and aggressively pushed her backward, telling her, “If you do it, I’ll (expletive deleted) kill you,” the report said.
The victim said once Howie left the house, she followed him and stood next to the van. She said Howie put the car in reverse and directed the back end of the vehicle at her. The victim said Howie then drove out of the driveway and down the road. The deputy observed a mark on the victim’s chest that corroborated her statement of being pushed against the door, according to the report
Howie told the deputy that the victim came after him while he was trying to leave. He said the victim left the house and he locked the front door. Howie said the victim re-entered the house through the back door. He said he tried to walk out the front door, where the victim blocked him and approached him aggressively while yelling at him, the report said.
Howie said he left the house and got into his vehicle, and the victim stood behind the vehicle and tried to stop him from leaving. He denied putting his hands on the victim, but said if he did, it was to stop her from hitting him, according to the report.
Howie was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was still being held Monday on $2,000 bond. He’ll appear in Marion County Court on March 24.