An Ocala man found himself behind bars late Wednesday morning after being accused of striking another man.
Marion County sheriff’s deputies were heading to a residence on 85th Street when they were told that the victim had left the location in a gold Honda Accord and was heading toward Marion Oaks. Deputies stopped the vehicle on S.W. Hwy. 484 and spoke with the victim, who said that an argument had ensued among his family and 51-year-old Evido Tirado Cordova had him with a closed fist on the right side of his face, a sheriff’s office report states.
A deputy observed a bruise on the victim’s face but he said it was from another fight he had been involved in while in Tampa. An eyewitness in the vehicle told deputies he saw Cordova strike the man in his face following an argument, the report says.
Cordova told deputies he was involved in a verbal argument with the victim and the eyewitness. He claimed he had been pushed and started to fight physically with the victim to defend himself. He claimed the victim struck him on the left side of his face and on his neck, but the deputy didn’t observe any injuries on Cordova, the report says.
Cordova was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with battery. He was released Thursday night on his own recognizance and is due in court Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. to answer to the charge.