An Ocala man with two prior arrests for battery was arrested after he allegedly battered a woman four times over a two-day period.
William Milford Rounkles, 42, was charged June 16 with four counts of battery (second or subsequent offense) and a probation violation. He was previously charged with battery in January 2018 and domestic battery in February 2019, according to jail records.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that at around 4 p.m. June 12, she and Rounkles were arguing when he punched her on the left side of her face with his right fist. The deputy observed swelling and bruising on the victim’s left orbital socket/cheek region. The victim said Rounkles hit her because he didn’t want her to leave, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said they got into another argument early the next morning and she grabbed a few personal items and tried to leave. She said Rounkles walked up from behind and grabbed her in bear hug, picking her up off the ground. The victim said when Rounkles picked her up, he tripped and fell over a chair while still holding on to her, the report said.
The victim said after falling to the ground, she and Rounkles started arguing again and he punched/jabbed her three times on the left side of her stomach/rib region, where the deputy observed a large bruised area. The victim showed the deputy other bruises and scratches on her left leg from the incident, according to the report.
The victim said later in the morning, during another argument, she was trying to walk away and Rounkles grabbed her by both arms and pleaded with her to stay. She said he let go and she started to walk away again before Rounkles walked up from behind and grabbed her by the back of her shirt to stop her from leaving. The victim said Rounkles eventually let go and she got into her car to leave. She said Rounkles pleaded with her not to leave and she allowed him in the vehicle, the report said.
The victim said later in the day, she and Rounkles were arguing at the open-air flea market at 12180 S. Hwy. 441 when management asked her to take Rounkles home. She said she drove to the area of South Highway 441 and SE Sunset Harbor Road, where she pulled over because she and Rounkles were arguing. The victim said while they were arguing, Rounkles grabbed her phone, got out of the vehicle and started walking north on South Highway 441, according to the report.
The victim said she turned around and drove back to the flea market. She said Rounkles returned on foot and started arguing with her again. The victim said she called 911 because Rounkles wouldn’t return her phone. She said he finally gave the phone back and she no longer needed assistance from law enforcement, the report said.
The victim said the flea market’s management asked her and Rounkles to leave. She said the two of them were arguing in the vehicle on the way home when Rounkles made a fist with his left hand and hit her on the back of her head while she was driving, according to the report, according to the report.
The deputy determined there was probable cause to arrest Rounkles and searched multiple locations for him without success. Rounkles was picked up in Weirsdale and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he remains held on $20,000 bond. Rounkles will appear in Marion County Court on July 21.