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Ocala man accused of splashing red liquid on another man

Jerome Ferrigno

A 69-year-old Ocala man was arrested on a battery charge early Sunday after he admitted to throwing a cup of a red liquid at a man because of ongoing issues between the two.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that shortly after deputies left the residence from a prior call, Joseph Ferrigno started another argument with him. He said after the deputies left, Ferrigno told him he had three days to leave the residence or he would kill him, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said during the argument, Ferrigno threw a cup containing an unknown liquid substance at him, striking him on the left side of his body. The deputy observed the victim’s clothes had what appeared to be a red liquid on them. The victim told the deputy he wanted to press charges against Ferrigno, the report said.

While being asked what happened, Ferrigno spontaneously said he intentionally threw the cup with liquid on the victim because he believes the victim has been a constant issue with him. A witness who lives at the residence said he witnessed Ferrigno throwing the liquid at the victim, according to the report.

Ferrigno was charged with simple battery and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released later Sunday on $1,000 bond. No court information was available.

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