A Silver Springs man was arrested after allegedly stealing a power adaptor and pushing a 76-year-old food cart vendor whom he claimed was stealing power from a local Dollar General.
On Wednesday, September 22, a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a Dollar General in southwest Ocala in reference to an alleged battery.
Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the victim, a 76-year-old food cart vendor that operates next to the Dollar General located at 9621 SW 62nd Avenue Road. The victim says that while she was sitting at her cart, 43-year-old Brandon Pike approached her and began yelling about her stealing power from the building.
Despite the victim telling Pike that she has received permission from the business to plug in her cart, Pike removed a power adaptor and would not return it.
After he took the adaptor, Pike went into the store and told staff that his wife worked for Dollar General’s corporate offices and that the victim did not have permission to use the location’s power. According to the report, Pike exited the store, entered his vehicle, and attempted to leave.
The victim says she stood behind Pike’s vehicle to prevent him from leaving. She says Pike exited the vehicle and pushed her before a witness from the store entered the parking lot and attempted to intervene.
Pike eventually left in his vehicle and, while he was leaving, the victim and another witness were able to recover his vehicle’s license plate number.
Deputies made contact with Pike at his last known address. He admitted that he took the power adaptor and that he pushed the victim, but claimed that the victim had leaned on his vehicle and caused damage.
Pike’s vehicle was inspected and there was no damage found, according to the report.
After Pike was told he was under arrest, he attempted to flee and had to be chased and tased before he could be detained. He was transported to the Marion County Jail on Thursday, September 23 and faces multiple charges, including battery on a person over the age of 65. He bonded out on Friday.
Jail records show that Pike has been arrested eight times since 2003.