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Monday, February 6, 2023

Dunnellon man arrested after damaging victim’s SUV, covering it in engine oil

A 42-year-old Dunnellon man was arrested after he damaged a female victim’s SUV and covered the exterior of the vehicle in engine oil.

On Monday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corporal responded to a local residence in reference to a criminal mischief incident. Upon arrival, the corporal made contact with the female victim who stated that the incident involved Kevin Lamont Cash.

Kevin Lamont Cash
Kevin Lamont Cash

The victim advised that Cash also resided at the home, and he had stayed out late the night before to drink alcohol. She stated that when she woke up, Cash was inside his room.

According to the victim, she walked outside toward her vehicle, a Nissan Rouge, and she noticed that the entire exterior of the vehicle was covered in a green oil substance. The vehicle’s rear tires were noticeably deflated, and there were multiple scratches along with a significant dent on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

The doors to the vehicle were still locked. The victim advised that she was the sole owner of the SUV and Cash did not have a key to it.

When the victim re-entered the residence, she stated that she observed broken green handles belonging to a pair of scissors on the couch. She also advised that the couch and floor were covered in the same green oil substance.

The victim stated that she questioned Cash about the incident, and he allegedly told her that he “did not know” if he had caused the damages to her vehicle.

The corporal noted in the MCSO report that the entire outside of the SUV was covered in a green substance that smelled like engine oil. On the front driver’s side fender, the corporal observed a dent.

Across the driver’s side of the vehicle, the corporal spotted approximately eight scratches which varied from one to three inches in length, and they went through the entire layer of paint. No visible damage was observed on the tires, though the valve stem cap for the driver’s side tire was missing.

The victim told the corporal that she was able to add air to her tires before she called law enforcement, and the tires did not appear to be leaking air.

The victim estimated that approximately $500 worth of damages were caused to her SUV, and she told the corporal that she wanted to press charges.

The corporal made contact with Cash. He admitted that he was drinking alcohol the previous evening and that he was upset with the victim.

Cash advised that he punched the victim’s SUV, which caused the dent. During the interview, he later admitted to using the scissors to scratch the SUV, and he further admitted to pouring two-cycle engine oil all over the vehicle.

Inside the garage, Cash showed the corporal a bottle of two-cycle engine oil that was nearly empty.

Cash was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $1,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for criminal mischief (over $200 but less than $1,000).

A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, August 23 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.