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Friday, December 3, 2021

Fort McCoy man jailed after fight outside Circle K

Dennis Ray Abney

A Fort McCoy man was arrested Monday night after a tussle outside a Circle K store.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded around 7:30 p.m. to a report of a physical disturbance at the store at 14780 NE Hwy. 314. Two white males were placed in handcuffs for the deputy’s safety and theirs pending the completion of the investigation, according to the sheriff’s office report.

A female witness told the deputy she saw the men physically fighting in the grass area of the store. She said the man wearing beige pants picked up the other man in a wrestling move and slammed him to the ground and started screaming, “I will kill you,” while punching his face. The witness said the man getting attacked on the ground was wearing a black hoodie, the report said.

The man wearing the black hoodie told the deputy that he and 27-year-old Dennis Ray Abney, of NE 110th Ave. Road, were just play wrestling in the grass area and he was never punched. The relationship between the victim and Abney was redacted from the report.

Abney, who was wearing beige pants, was in the patrol car. When the deputy opened the car and tried to read him his Miranda warning, Abney started screaming and advanced towards him. The deputy escorted Abney to the ground and held him there until he was calm, the report said.

Abney told the deputy he was just play wrestling with the victim and never punched him. A criminal records check showed Abney was convicted of battery in Suwanee County in 2014, according to the report.

Abney was charged with domestic battery (second or subsequent offense) and taken to the Marion County Jail. He is being held on $1,000 bond and will appear in Marion County Court on Nov. 17.