Monday, July 6, 2020
73.1 F
Ocala

Electricity-stealing Silver Springs man accused of cutting man who pulled plug

David Ray Wheat

A Silver Springs man is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after he allegedly used a large knife to cut a man who stopped him from stealing a neighbor’s power.

David Ray Wheat, 53, of 4118 NE 171st Court, was charged Wednesday night with burglary with assault or battery. He just spent more than a month behind bars for failing to appear in court after being arrested in August 2019 for stealing items from a cabin.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that he was checking on an elderly woman who lives near Wheat when he noticed a cord running from the woman’s shed to Wheat’s generator. The victim said the woman has had numerous issues with Wheat stealing power from her residence, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said he walked over and unplugged the power cord, and Wheat came out of his residence and started a verbal argument. The victim said Wheat then unlawfully entered the woman’s house wielding a large silver knife that had brass knuckles attached to the handle and locked him out of the back door, the report said.

At this point, another man heard the verbal altercation and went to the residence. He looked inside the residence and saw Wheat standing with a large knife in the middle of the living room. The witness forcibly entered the residence, separated Wheat from the woman and told him to leave. When Wheat wouldn’t leave, the victim stepped forward to intervene and Wheat swung the knife at him, cutting him on his left elbow, according to the report.

The deputy observed a laceration on the victim’s left elbow and blood on the floor of the residence. Asked if she gave Wheat permission to enter her home, the homeowner said she did not. She and the witness gave similar accounts of the incident, the report said.

Wheat was arrested at his residence. He is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on June 30.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Crime

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

22-year-old Ocala man nabbed on DUI charge after reports of reckless driver

An Ocala man was jailed recently after Marion County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver.

Ocklawaha woman accused of punching man in face during spat

An Ocklawaha woman who told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy to just go ahead and arrest her was charged with simple domestic battery after she allegedly punched a man in the face several times.

Business

Historic 12-room inn near Downtown Ocala on the market for just under $1.2 million

The Shamrock Historic Inn offers 12 guest rooms with ‘cozy and eclectic’ themes and a manager/owner apartment.

Bryant tabbed to serve as vice chair of Florida Association of Counties committee

Marion County Commission Chairwoman Kathy Bryant has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Florida Association of Counties’ Finance, Tax & Administration Committee.

Chuck E Cheese Ocala off list of nationwide closures amidst company bankruptcy filing

Chuck E Cheese in Ocala was not included in the list of restaurant locations closed by the company as a result of their bankruptcy filing last week.

Local business owner asking for donations to benefit family of late soldier

A local business owner is asking the community for donations to help the family of a late solider. 

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required

Headlines

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

22-year-old Ocala man nabbed on DUI charge after reports of reckless driver

An Ocala man was jailed recently after Marion County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver.

76 percent of Marion County COVID-19 cases in Ocala and Summerfield

As the Coronavirus continues to sweep through tri-county area, 76 percent of the cases in Marion County are being reported in Ocala and Summerfield.

More articles like this