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Accused child molester jailed after alleged knife-throwing incident

James Lazaurusway Day

An Ocklawaha man out on bond on a lewd and lascivious behavior charge is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail after he allegedly threw two knives that missed a woman and a chair that struck a juvenile during a fight that started when the woman called him a child molester.

James Lazaurusway Day, 37, was charged with two counts of simple battery and single counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and child abuse without great bodily harm after the incident, which happened shortly after 10 p.m. Sept. 2.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy she got into an argument with Day earlier in the day after she didn’t agree with his disciplinary action he took against a child. She said she called Day a child molester, which angered him, and he hit her in the back of her leg with his belt. The deputy observed a fresh welt on the victim’s leg, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said she got away from Day and went to the store, where she bought an eight-pack of Bud Light 16-ounce cans. She said when she got back, Day took the beer and drank all eight cans within a few hours, the report said.

The victim said once Day finished off the beer, he started drinking a dark liquor. She said she went into the room with her 2-year-old child to lay down and go to sleep. The victim said Day walked into the room and slapped her in the face with an open hand, according to the report.

The victim said she tried to escape through the window, but Day wouldn’t let her. She said he asked her where her phone was and she told him it was in the living room. The victim said once Day left the bedroom, she headed towards the front door, but he wouldn’t let her out of the living room, the report said.

The victim said Day threw a kitchen knife at her, and she had to move out of the way to not be hit. She described the knife as having a silver blade and red handle and said she kicked it under the living room chair to get it away. The victim said Day threw another smaller kitchen knife at her, but she didn’t know where it landed. The deputy observed a silver knife with a  red handle underneath the living room chair, according to the report.

The victim said at this point, the juvenile female walked between her and Day, and Day grabbed a wooden chair and threw it at her, striking her in the knee and leaving a mark that the deputy observed. The victim said Day went into the bedroom, which gave her enough time to run outside and call 911. She said Day told her he was going to kill her and himself, the report said.

The victim said Day is out on bond for lewd and lascivious molestation of a child under the age of 12. Jail records show he was arrested on the charge in April 2019. Day has a half-dozen other arrests since 2009 on charges including grand theft, burglary, dealing stolen property, battery, leaving the scene of an accident and witness tampering.

Day will answer to the latest charges in Marion County Court on Oct. 6.

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