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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Ocala registered sex offender arrested after destroying items in home

An Ocala man was recently arrested after a victim reported he was destroying things in her home.

The victim was found at the incident location in a “panicked state” and claimed 37-year-old Robert William McGuinness was angry and had been destroying things in the house.

The victim stated multiple times that the Marion County Sheriff’s deputy on scene would need another unit because McGuinness was going “crazy.”

Ocala registered sex offender arrested after destroying items in home
Robert W McGuinness

The victim stated McGuinness became angry when she grabbed an item from the kitchen. She stated McGuinness believed she was going to break the item which caused him to start throwing things across the house, according to the sheriff’s report.

The victim said she was scared so she ran to her bedroom and shut the door. The victim stated McGuinness knocked her bedroom door in and began yelling at her while she was on the phone with 911. The victim said she walked into the kitchen while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher and McGuinness took the phone away. The victim said she tried to call 911 again and McGuinness then threw the phone, cracking the screen, according to the report.

The dispatcher on the call reported she could hear McGuinness in the background screaming and throwing items. A deputy responded to the home and saw items scattered along with a cabinet slammed on the floor causing a large mirror and glass to break, the report stated.

McGuinness was reported to be uncooperative and refused to speak with the deputy, he only stated he has severe anxiety and needed medical help, according to the report.

McGuinness is a registered sexual offender or predator due to a case dating back to the year 2018. He is currently being held on a no bond status until he is seen in court on July 6 at 9 a.m., jail records show.

According to the report, McGuinness violated condition five of his probation for witness tampering (domestic) and criminal mischief. A computer check revealed he was on active felony probation for lewd and lascivious molestation. He is under probation until 2028.

Cano was transported to the Marion County Jail on June 1. He was charged with tampering in misdemeanor proceeding, criminal mischief damage property and lascivious molestation of a victim under 12.