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Ocala man pepper sprayed during arrest for headbutting woman

Ryan Van Fleet

An Ocala man was pepper sprayed while being arrested for allegedly headbutting a woman in the face during a domestic spat.

Ryan Kenniston Van Fleet, 32, was charged with domestic battery and resisting an officer without violence after the recent incident.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 hangup at Van Fleet’s residence. An operator called back and spoke with the victim, who said she was having an argument with Van Fleet but hung up after he agreed to leave, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim told deputies she and Van Fleet were in a verbal argument that turned physical when he headbutted her in the face. Deputies didn’t see any injuries on the victim’s face but there was a small dark spot on her lip. She was visibly shaken and crying while deputies spoke with her, the report said.

The victim said Van Fleet often drinks and becomes violent, which has resulted in her leaving the home and moving in with her mother on numerous occasions. She said she had moved back into the home only two weeks ago, according to the report.

The victim described ways Van Fleet frequently verbally degrades her and rules her by threats and intimidation. She said she doesn’t call law enforcement because Van Fleet always says reporting him will result in the state taking her children away from her, the report said.

The victim packed her belongings in her car and said she was planning on going back to her mother’s house. She said Van Fleet rides a bicycle everywhere since his license is suspended for five years for DUI. Deputies searched the area extensively but couldn’t find Van Fleet, who didn’t answer his phone, according to the report.

Deputies caught up with Van Fleet at his residence later in the afternoon. He immediately became hostile and ran into his house. A deputy got Van Fleet to step onto the porch, but he refused to answer questions and instead yelled yelled and demanded the deputy leave, the report said.

A deputy tried to take Van Fleet into custody, but he ran back into the house, with the deputy hanging onto him. Van Fleet continued to resist arrest until the deputy used OC spray to get him into handcuffs. Van Fleet had to be dragged to the patrol car, according to the report.

Van Fleet cursed deputies the entire way to jail and spit all over the back seat and window divider in the patrol car. He threatened to find the deputy when he gets out of jail and said karma will get the deputy, the report said.

Van Fleet was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released on $1,000 bond. He will appear in Marion County Court on July 8.

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