A 33-year-old Dunnellon man was arrested after allegedly striking a male victim in the forehead with a baseball bat.
On Saturday, January 1, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a SW 186th Court residence in Dunnellon in reference to a battery that had occurred the night before.
A male victim told the deputy that at around 10 p.m., Charles Allen Martin attacked him with a baseball bat.
According to the victim, he was driving north on SW 194th Avenue when he saw Martin standing in the middle of the road. The victim noticed that Martin was holding something near his leg.
The victim stated that he yelled at Martin to move. When Martin refused to move, the victim climbed out of the vehicle, approached Martin, and noticed a baseball bat in his hand.
Martin allegedly swung the bat, struck the victim in the forehead, and then he allegedly poked a finger into the victim’s left eye.
The victim’s girlfriend was nearby and broke up the altercation, and the victim re-entered his vehicle and left the area.
The MCSO report indicated that the victim had a large laceration across his forehead, his left eye was red, his left eye socket was swollen, and blood droplets were observed on the driver’s side door of his vehicle.
Another MCSO deputy was on patrol and observed Martin’s vehicle near the 19400 block of W Highway 40. A traffic stop was conducted, and Martin was detained.
Martin refused to describe the incident with the victim and told the deputy that he was ready to go to jail. He also stated multiple times that the victim came to his house “looking for trouble.”
The deputy did not observe any injuries on Martin.
Martin was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $10,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.