An Ocala man is behind bars after he allegedly battered a woman and put a gun to her head while she was trying to flee their residence with her kids.
Cesar Oliver Arias Zapata, 36, of SW 45th Circle, was charged with simple domestic battery and aggravated domestic battery with a deadly weapon without intent to school.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy she came home from her mother’s house at around 11 p.m. Saturday night and was sitting in the living room when she heard Arias Zapata throw something in the bedroom that made a loud noise. She said she went into the bedroom to tell him to quiet down because the kids were sleeping, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said Arias Zapata, who was drunk, started to argue with her, so she decided to go back to her mother’s house for the night with her children. She said she gathered the children to take them out to the car to leave. The victim said Arias Zapata became more angry and grabbed her by the upper chest and neck area (near her collarbone) and pushed her across the kitchen and into the door leading to the garage, the report said.
The victim said Arias Zapata held her there and yelled at her until she was able to push him off her. She said after she pushed him, Arias Zapata came back towards her and started opening a kitchen drawer that contained knives and threatened to hurt her. The victim said she was able to slam the drawer shut with her hip before Arias Zapata could reach inside, according to the report.
The victim said she went and got both children to put them in the car to leave, but she forgot the baby’s diaper bag and had to go back inside the house to get it. She said as she was going into the house, Arias Zapata went out to his car and returned with a small black gun, the report said.
The victim said Arias Zapata put the gun up to her forehead and told her he would shoot her and her whole family and then destroy the evidence so he wouldn’t get caught. She said she was scared for her life and escaped out the garage door and drove to her mother’s house, where she called for law enforcement, according to the report.
The deputy observed some redness on the victim’s chest. The victim said she has seen Arias Zapata with the small black gun multiple times and that she made him promise not to ever bring it into the house because of the small children present. She said that is why he keeps it in his car, the report said.
The deputy responded to the incident location, but Arias Zapata wouldn’t come to the door. The victim, who is the homeowner, provided a key and the officer went inside. A K9 officer helped find Arias Zapata laying on the bed in his bedroom. Arias Zapata was arrested without incident, according to the report.
The victim walked the deputy through the house and showed him where the incident happened. The deputy observed a dining room chair that was knocked over when the victim pushed Arias Zapata off her. The victim allowed the deputy to search the home for the firearm but he was unable to find it, the report said.
The deputy spoke to Arias Zapata, who said to go look in his car because there is no gun there and he doesn’t own one. The deputy searched Arias Zapata’s blue Ford sedan and didn’t find a firearm. The victim said Arias Zapata’s car was parked the opposite way when she left. The deputy observed the car’s engine bay was warm like it was recently driven, according to the report.
The deputy also found that the doorbell security camera had been erased only during the time it would have shown Arias Zapata going out the front door to his car and returning with a firearm. The victim said Arias Zapata has access to the camera on his phone, the report said.
Arias Zapata is being held in the Marion County Jail on $2,500 bond and will appear in Marion County Court on Aug. 25.