A 25-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly battered a man who told him he had to move out of his home.
A pair of Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded Wednesday to a residence on SW 107th Street, where the victim said he and Antonio Caleb Martinez were involved in an argument about money that turned physical when Martinez grabbed him by the throat with both hands and threw him onto the floor.
Martinez told the deputies he recently moved from New York. He said the victim served him notice to be out of the residence by Sept. 1. Martinez said he became angry and a verbal confrontation began. He said the victim called his wife an idiot, which enraged him, and he placed his hands on the victim’s chest and pushed him onto the floor, according to the sheriff’s office report.
Martinez’s wife said Martinez and the victim were discussing a recent letter that the victim gave Martinez that said he had to be out by Sept. 1. She said the two got into a verbal altercation that became physical when the victim called her an idiot. Martinez’s wife said Martinez grabbed the victim and threw him onto the floor, the report said.
Martinez was charged with simple battery and taken to the Marion County Jail. He was released Thursday on $2,500 and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Sept. 8.