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Homeless man accused of giving Ocklawaha woman a black eye

Timothy Charles Dunne

A homeless man with two prior battery convictions and a handful of other arrests is accused of giving a woman a black eye last month and harassing her in the ensuing weeks.

Timothy Charles Dunne, 38, who is listed as homeless but has previously called Tavares home, was charged Thursday with battery (second or subsequent offense). He was convicted of battery in Florida in March 2018 and in South Carolina in 2001. He’s been arrested numerous other times in Marion County since 2017, including once in July 2018 for fighting with deputies inside an Ocala Wal-Mart while being picked up on an outstanding warrant.

In the latest incident, a Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to a 911 hangup call at a location on SE 190th Court in Ocklawaha, where the victim walked out of her camper with a black eye. Asked how she was injured, the victim said it happened Dec. 26 and was from Dunne, with whom she lived for several months, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim provided a written statement that Dunne was at her house for Christmas and woke her up the next day and accused her of taking his money. She said she asked him to leave and they started to argue. The victim sad she was trying to make him leave when he struck her with his head and blackened her right eye, the report said.

The victim said she has left Dunne alone since that incident, but he continues to harass her on a nightly basis by beating on her camper, shanking it or covering up her surveillance cameras. The deputy observed the victim had a very distinct black eye, even after nearly three weeks since the incident, according to the report.

Interviewed at his job, Dunne denied the allegations. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was still being held Monday on $5,000 bond. Dunne is due to appear in Marion County Court on Feb. 16.

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