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Plate-smashing Ocala man accused of elbowing woman and keeping her from calling 911

Raul Torres-Hernandez

An Ocala man is accused of elbowing a woman in the neck while she tried to call 911 during an argument Sunday night.

Raul Torres-Hernandez, 50, of Teak Loop, admitted to a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that he slammed a plate in the kitchen but said nothing ever got physical between him and the victim, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said she and Torres-Hernandez were arguing in the kitchen when he smashed a plate into the sink, which made her scared. She said she tried to call 911 to diffuse the situation, and Torres-Hernandez started trying to get the phone from her so she couldn’t make the call, the report said.

The victim said Torres-Hernandez got the phone away from her and, during the process, he maliciously struck her in the neck with his elbow. She said it happened in the bathroom and her daughter tried to break it up, according to the report.

The victim said the altercation ended when Torres-Hernandez instructed both her and her daughter to stay in the bathroom to calm down. She said she instructed her daughter’s friend to call 911 because she couldn’t the report said.

The victim’s daughter and her friend both told the deputy they were in the bedroom playing on their phones when they heard Torres-Hernandez and the victim yelling at each other and a plate smash, according to the report.

The victim’s daughter said she peeked out of the bedroom and saw Torres-Hernandez and the victim coming down the hallway from the kitchen, arguing with each other. She said she saw Torres-Hernandez actively trying to get the phone from the victim so she couldn’t call 911. The victim’s daughter said the Torres-Hernandez and the victim went into the bathroom and she lost sight of them, the report said.

The victim’s daughter said she went into the bathroom to try to separate Torres-Hernandez from the victim. She said Torres-Hernandez was able to get the phone away from the victim before they made it into the bathroom. She said after she tried to separate Torres-Hernandez and the victim, Torres-Hernandez told them both to stay in the bathroom to calm down, according to the report.

The victim’s daughter said she did not see Torres-Hernandez elbow the victim in the neck, but it could have occurred while they were in the bathroom alone, the report said.

The victim’s daughter’s friend said she saw Torres-Hernandez and the victim arguing down the hallway from the victim and then go into the bathroom. She said she saw him trying to get the phone from the victim. She said the victim told her to all 911 because she was unable to because of Torres-Hernandez. The victim’s daughter’s friend said she did not see Torres-Hernandez elbow the victim due to them being in the bathroom, according to the report.

The deputy observed a small red mark on the right side of the victim’s neck where she said Torres-Hernandez struck her. The deputy also saw the smashed plate in the sink, the report said.

Torres-Hernandez was charged with simple domestic battery and obstructing justice by harassing in a misdemeanor proceeding. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Monday on $1,000 bond. Torres-Hernandez will appear in Marion County Court on Jan. 6, 2021.

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