An Ocala man with nine previous assault or battery convictions in three states was arrested Sunday night after neighbors claimed he beat up a lady friend in their front yard.
George Robert Pineda, 50, was charged with domestic battery (second or subsequent offense). A criminal background check shows Pineda with four convictions in Kentucky for assault with minor bodily injury, three convictions in Kentucky for domestic violence assault, one conviction in California for felony battery, and a conviction in Florida for simple battery.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to the incident location and found the victim with leaves in her hair, dirty clothes, and blood on her shirt. She originally said nothing happened and that everything was alright, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim later admitted there was a fight and said she fell down, but she wouldn’t provide any more information. She said her “male friend” – Pineda – was sleeping inside the house. The deputy spoke with Pineda, who said didn’t have an altercation with anyone, he never touched the victim and he was sleeping the entire day, the report said.
Multiple neighbors told the deputy they observed the altercation from the other side of the street. They said they saw Pineda grab the victim in the yard, push her to the ground and kick her multiple times in the legs. One of the witnesses said Pineda slapped the victim in the face with an open palm before pushing her to the ground and kicking her, according to the report.
Pineda is being held in the Marion County Jail on $5,000 bond and will appear in Marion County Court on June 2.