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Dunnellon man accused of punching man who wouldn’t let him wash car

Kevin I. Hernandez

A Dunnellon man was arrested after he allegedly punched a man who wouldn’t let him wash his vehicle on his property.

Kevin I. Hernandez, 25, was charged with simple battery after the incident, which happened Monday afternoon at the residence where he and the victim both live. The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy he and Hernandez got into an argument in the front yard after the victim told him he couldn’t wash his vehicle on the property, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said while they were arguing, Hernandez placed his chest on the victim’s chest, forcing him to walk backwards. The victim said he shoved Hernandez away from him and Hernandez responded by punching him in the face. The victim said the force of the punch caused him to fall to the ground. The deputy observed the victim’s right eye was red and swollen and he had blood coming from a laceration under his eye, the report said.

Another deputy located Hernandez, who was parked at the 7200 block of Southwest Highway 484. Hernandez said the victim told him, “Talk to me with respect,” and shoved him, then punched him in the face. Hernandez said that’s when he punched the victim, according to the report.

Hernandez was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released early Wednesday on $1,000 bond. He’ll appear in Marion County Court on May 7.

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