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Ocala man drags woman down Courtyard Marriott hallway

A 39-year-old Ocala man was arrested after dragging a woman down a hotel hallway during an altercation.

On Tuesday, November 16, an Ocala Police Department officer responded to the Courtyard Marriott located at 3712 SW 38th Avenue in Ocala in reference to a disturbance.

A staff member informed the officer that a man was wandering around the hotel’s third floor and banging on numerous doors.

The officer went to the third floor and met a female witness who recalled hearing a distressed woman’s voice in the hallway. When the witnesses stepped out of her room, she observed a man in a pink jacket, later identified as Lionel Renaldo Stokes, dragging a woman down the hallway by her legs.

Ocala man drags ex girlfriend down hotel hallway
Lionel Renaldo Stokes

According to the witness, another man approached Stokes, physically separated Stokes from the woman’s legs, shoved Stokes backwards, and demanded that he leave.

The witness invited the victim inside her room, locked the door, and waited inside the room until the officer arrived.

The victim told the deputy that she had been in a relationship with Stokes but they broke up a week or two ago. She stated that Stokes showed up at the hotel room, knocked on her door, and pushed his way inside when she opened the door.

She attempted to lure Stokes into the hallway and he allegedly pushed her to the ground. Her right hand and shoulder were injured as a result. He then grabbed her by the feet and dragged her down the hallway toward the elevator.

The victim recalled a man intervening on her behalf, and she was able to get away.

Stokes had already left the hotel prior to the arrival of the officer.

Another OPD officer was on patrol around the 3000 block of College Road and spotted a man wearing a pink jacket that matched Stokes’ description. When the officer approached the man, he provided a fake name and date of birth, but a Georgia identification card inside his pocket confirmed that it was Stokes.

A plastic container was also found in his pocket which contained a portion of a pink pill that later tested positive for amphetamines.

Stokes was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and later released on bond. He faces felony charges for battery, burglary, and possession of a controlled substance, and a misdemeanor charge for providing a false name to a law enforcement officer.

A court date has been scheduled on December 21 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.