A 29-year-old Ocala man who was on pre-trial release for a domestic violence case was arrested after he visited the female victim’s residence and allegedly punched her in the face.
On Thursday, May 12, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a local residence in reference to a battery incident. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the female victim who stated that she had been punched by Christopher Ladon Pope.
According to the victim, Pope had arrived at her residence, and he proceeded to enter the bathroom to take a shower. She stated that she heard loud banging sounds coming from inside the bathroom.
When the victim walked into the bathroom, she advised that Pope was jumping around and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. She stated that a verbal altercation ensued when she accused Pope of using drugs, and she demanded that he leave the residence.
Pope began pacing back and forth from the bathroom to the living room, according to the victim. The argument continued while he was pacing, and she followed him back into the bathroom.
While inside the bathroom, the victim told the deputy that Pope punched her in the face with his left hand, and he left the residence shortly after the punch was thrown. The MCSO report indicated that the left side of the victim’s face appeared to be swollen, and she had a red and purple bruise on her cheek.
The victim had recorded a video which showed Pope inside the bathroom. The deputy reviewed this footage and observed Pope as he “moved sporadically around the bathroom.” The victim repeatedly told Pope on the video that he needed to go to rehab.
After watching the video, the deputy noted in the report that Pope appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
Pope was no longer at the residence, and the deputy made contact with him at the Circle K gas station located at 5190 SE Abshier Boulevard. During an interview, he told the deputy that he had gone to the victim’s residence because she had asked him to come over.
Pope alleged that an argument ensued because he did not want to spend time with the victim, and he alleged that the victim began pulling his hair when he tried to leave. He was able to eventually leave the residence, and he denied punching the victim.
A computer search of Pope revealed that he had active pre-trial release conditions regarding a Marion County domestic battery case which stated that he was “restrained from threatening, assaulting, or abusing the female victim” and that he “shall not return to the female victim’s residence.”
Pope was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. He is facing a felony charge for battery (second or subsequent offense) and a misdemeanor charge for violation of pre-trial release conditions.
A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, June 14 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.