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Ocala man accused of battering woman who was video chatting

Shane Lee Wells

An Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly threw a woman to the ground while she was video chatting with her daughter.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to the incident location Tuesday afternoon and found the victim sitting on a concrete slab with an ice pack on her head. The victim said Shane Lee Wells, 42, threw her to the ground during a verbal altercation, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said she was video chatting with her daughter through the FaceTime app on her phone when she arrived home from work. She said Wells started yelling at her and her daughter. The victim said she told Wells not to talk to her daughter like that as she continued to walk inside, the report said.

The victim said Wells then grabbed her neck and slung her to the ground. She said Wells didn’t strangle her, and that he only grabbed her neck. The deputy observed a bruise on the victim’s head consistent with her statement, according to the report.

A neighbor told the deputy she heard yelling next door and came out of her residence. She said when she came out, she saw the victim on the ground saying her head and leg hurt. The witness said that’s when she called law enforcement to report the incident, according to the report.

The deputy contacted the victim’s daughter, who said she was on FaceTime with the victim as she returned home from work and Wells started yelling at her and the victim. She said when the victim told Wells not to talk to her daughter like that, she saw Wells walk up behind the victim before the screen went black. The victim’s daughter said she then heard the victim say, “ow.” She said she did not see Wells grab the victim, the report said.

Wells told the deputy he was walking past the victim while they were in a verbal altercation when the victim “lunged” at him, so he put his hands up and they fell to the ground. When asked how the victim received the injury to her head, Wells said, “I’m sure that was me,” and, “We went to the ground, yeah.” Wells also said, “I’ll take the blame for that,” according to the report.

Wells was charged with simple domestic battery and taken to the Marion County Jail. He is being held on $1,000 bond and is due to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 11.

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