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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Citra man arrested after being accused of attacking elderly victim, threatening law enforcement officers

A 27-year-old Citra man was arrested after he allegedly attacked an elderly male victim and made threats to harm law enforcement officers.

On Monday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local residence in reference to a battery incident.

Upon arrival, the deputies discovered that a man, identified as Stephen Ray Wieczkowski, had returned to the residence. The MCSO report indicated that he appeared to be intoxicated.

Stephen Ray Wieczkowski
Stephen Ray Wieczkowski

According to the elderly victim, Wieczkowski had attacked him inside the residence. The victim recalled being struck multiple times in his face and on his body, and he also alleged that Wieczkowski had thrown him into a glass mirror.

One of the deputies noted in the report that there was physical evidence at the scene, but that evidence was not specified.

The deputy detained Wieczkowski in handcuffs. The report indicated that Wieczkowski verbally threatened to “kill and fight any law enforcement officer that he saw” once he got out of jail.

A criminal history search of Wieczkowski revealed that he was on felony probation out of Lee County for criminal mischief and property damage. His probation began on June 29, 2021, and it is in effect until June 28, 2023.

Wieczkowski was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. He is facing felony charges for battery on a person over the age of 65 and violation of probation, along with a misdemeanor charge for threatening a law enforcement officer with serious bodily harm or death.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.