A 41-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested after a female victim accused him of striking the back of her head with a wrench.
On Friday, May 13, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a local residence in reference to an aggravated battery incident. Upon arrival, a male witness told the deputy that Johnny David Head had used a wrench to hit the female victim.
The witness advised that the incident began with an argument between Head and three individuals: the witness, a second witness, and the victim. The three of them had confronted Head about allegedly stealing the victim’s bicycle tires.
Head allegedly became “irate” and tried to instigate a fight, according to the first witness. When the victim turned her back on Head to speak with the witnesses, Head allegedly struck her with a blue wrench.
The victim fell to the ground and her face began to bleed. Head proceeded to flee the area on foot.
The deputy made contact with the victim, and she corroborated the statement that was made by the first witness. Once she was struck from behind, she stated that she briefly lost consciousness but recalled seeing a blue wrench in Head’s hand prior to the attack.
The MCSO report indicated that the victim had a laceration on her left jawline that was large, deep, and bleeding.
A second witness spoke with the deputy and advised that Head was changing his bicycle’s tires shortly before the incident. The second witness also recalled seeing Head strike the victim with the wrench, and the witness added that the wrench’s handle had inadvertently struck the first witness during the altercation.
Head was later located by the deputy, and he was detained in handcuffs. He admitted that he had a blue wrench in his hand at the time of the incident, but he denied striking the victim.
According to the MCSO report, Head told the deputy that the victim had attacked him with a box cutter, which allegedly resulted in multiple cuts on his right arm. He threw the wrench down and stated that he ran for safety prior to the arrival of law enforcement.
The deputy observed multiple scratch marks on Head’s arms, but the deputy noted in the report that the marks appeared to be consistent with running in the woods and were likely not caused by a box cutter.
A criminal history search of Head revealed that he was previously convicted of battery in Marion County on May 6, 2021.
Head was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $10,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, June 14 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.