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Fort McCoy man accused of pushing woman and punching her brother

Timothy Allen Ekleberry

A Fort McCoy man was arrested after he allegedly grabbed a woman and pushed her up against a truck, then punched her brother when he intervened.

Timothy Allen Eckleberry, 31, of NE 47th Avenue, was charged with battery (second or subsequent offense) after the incident, which happened shortly after noon Sunday.

The victim’s brother, who lives on the same property as the victim and Ekleberry, told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy he was inside his home when he heard a loud bang and shouting outside. He said he went outside to investigate and saw the victim on the ground against the truck, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The witness said Ekleberry told him the victim threw a pot at the house. The victim corrected Eckleberry and told the witness that Eckleberry pushed her against the truck and grabbed her wrist. The witness said Eckleberry became upset with him when he tried to get him off the victim and struck him in the face. The witness said he then told Eckleberry to leave, the report said.

The victim told the deputy she was in a verbal argument with Eckleberry about topics she didn’t recall. She said they argue often and this time it escalated to where he pushed her against the side of the truck and grabbed her wrist and upper arm area. The deputy observed redness and bruises forming on the victim’s wrist and upper left bicep area, according to the report.

Another deputy met up with Eckleberry at his cousin’s house at a residence down the street from the incident location. Eckleberry denied all accusations of physical contact and said the altercation was only verbal. The deputy observed two small scratches on Eckleberry’s forehead that he said he got from the victim. The scratches appeared to be fatter on the bottom and get skinnier going up, which indicates they are defensive wounds as the victim is much shorter than Eckleberry, the report said.

Eckleberry was placed under arrest and taken to the Marion County Jail. He was released Tuesday on $2,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 15.

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