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Ocala man accused of punching woman who asked about old flame

Felix Arnaldo Vasquez-Perez

A 28-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly punched a woman in the mouth when she asked about a woman he previously dated.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that she and Felix Vasquez-Perez had been drinking with friends at their residence on Sunday night. She said when their friends left, she asked Vasquez-Perez about a female he dated in the past, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Vasquez became highly upset and started yelling about the questions while walking towards her, then punched her once in the mouth with a closed fist. She said she went into another room to call law enforcement, the report said.

The deputy observed the victim had a red mark on her top lip that appeared to have blood on it. The injury was consistent with her statements, according to the report.

After being read his Miranda warning, Vasquez-Perez said the victim was upset with him over a past female he dated in New York who was close to the male friend that visited their residence that evening. Vasquez-Perez said both he and the victim had been drinking and she acts out when intoxicated. He said he didn’t hit her in the mouth and she was only doing this to get him arrested, the report said.

Vasquez was charged with simple domestic battery and taken to the Marion County Jail. He was released Monday on his own recognizance and will appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 29.

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