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Cell-phone-taking Ocala man jailed after jealous gal pal accuses him of cheating

Michael Anthony Tackett

An Ocala man was jailed recently after his lady friend told Marion County sheriff’s deputies that he had attacked her amid an argument about infidelity.

The victim claimed that 31-year-old Michael Anthony Tackett had put his hands around her neck and grabbed her arm. She said she retreated into a bedroom with her infant to get away from Tackett, but he “threw her down on the bed and forcibly took the infant from her arms,” a sheriff’s office report states.

Deputies didn’t observe any injuries to the infant but reported that the victim had red marks on her neck, collar bone area and upper left arm. She also told deputies that when Tackett allegedly put his hands around her neck, her breathing wasn’t restricted.

The victim said she told Tackett that she was going to call the sheriff’s office for help and he took her cell phone from her. She said he then took his phone and her vehicle and drove away. She said she had to FaceTime her sister with her tablet so the sheriff’s office could be notified, the report says.

Tackett wasn’t at the residence when deputies arrived but he returned when he saw the patrol vehicles. He said the argument was “verbal in nature only” but after she accused him of cheating, she threw her wedding band at him and it hit him in the face, the report says.

Tackett said the victim then left the living room and retreated into the bedroom. He said he removed the infant from her arms and “placed” her onto the bed before taking both cell phones and leaving the residence, the report says.

Tackett, who lives on Marion Oaks Boulevard in Ocala, was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with domestic battery and tampering in a misdemeanor proceeding. He was released on $2,000 bond and is due in court Dec. 8 at 9 a.m., jail records show.

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