A “highly intoxicated” Silver Springs man is behind bars after a nasty battle with his lady friend and another woman at their mobile home.
Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call involving a victim covered in blood and when they arrived, she claimed lacerations on her arms were from separating fighting dogs. The victim stressed that her injuries didn’t come at the hands of 24-year-old Taylor Townsend Martin, a sheriff’s office report states.
When deputies entered the residence, they saw Martin standing in the hallway. They reported that he was highly intoxicated and combative and immediately detained him and placed in a patrol vehicle.
One of the victims said she and Martin live together and when he came home, he was intoxicated and began arguing about dogs on the property. She said they both went inside the residence and she overheard Martin making statements about her, so she confronted him, the report says.
One of the victims said after a brief argument, Martin followed her to her room, pushed her with his open hands and began hitting her multiple times to her head and face. She said another victim at the residence told Martin to stop and leave the room, which he did. She said she then remained in her room and didn’t observe any further physical contact but did overhear the other victim “crying and begging” Martin not to hurt her.
The second victim told deputies that Martin, who also was arrested in August 2020 for slapping a woman during an argument, was intoxicated and argued about the care of the dogs on the property. The victim said the dogs began fighting and after she separated them, Martin pushed her, causing her to fall backwards onto the ground. She said they began arguing and when she sat on the couch, Martin walked past her, grabbed her hair and said she “better listen to him,” according to the report.
After being read his rights several times, Martin said the dogs were fighting and he denied causing any injuries to the bloodied victim. He also denied any physical contact between himself and either victim, the report says.
Martin was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with battery and battery on a person 65 years of age or older. He was being held on $6,000 bond and is due in court March 16 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges, jail records show.