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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Man arrested after pouring gasoline around home, hitting victim in head with pistol

An Ocala man faces more than five charges after a victim reported he hit him in the head with a pistol during an argument.

A Marion County Sheriff’s officer responded to SE 90th Avenue earlier this year in reference to an aggravated battery with a firearm.

The victim claims he observed 30-year-old Harold Clark standing in his living room and arguing with people regarding a missing pistol. The victim claims that he demanded Clark leave the home after witnessing him waving a pistol around. The victim claims that while he was escorting Clark out of the home, Clark turned around and struck him on the head with the gun.

The victim claims Clark ran away, returned later with a small gas can, and began pouring gasoline on the yard. The victim claims after pouring gasoline, Clark ran away, according to the sheriff’s report.

A witness confirmed the events and reported she observed the incident, the report stated.

A criminal history check revealed Clark is a convicted felon since 2017.

Although the incident took place on March 11, Clark was not located until June 22, when he was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail on multiple charges, including failure to appear for possession of both cocaine and heroin. Clark had a bond set at $20,000 and a court date is set for July 27 at 9 a.m., jail records show.