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Saturday, February 4, 2023

Dunnellon man accused of striking female victim’s forehead with object, choking her

A 47-year-old Dunnellon man was arrested after a female victim accused him of striking her forehead with an object and choking her.

On Wednesday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy and several officers from the Dunnellon Police Department responded to a local residence in reference to a domestic battery incident.

When the deputy arrived at the incident location, contact was made with the female victim who stated that Allan Wayne Singleton had hit her with an unknown object and choked her.

Allan Wayne Singleton
Allan Wayne Singleton

According to the victim, she returned to the residence at around 2 a.m., and she smoked methamphetamine with Singleton. Afterward, she stated that Singleton began insulting her. He then allegedly grabbed her, and they “wrestled” on top of the bed.

During the incident, the victim recalled being struck by an unknown object on her left forehead. She stated that Singleton then grabbed her by the neck and proceeded to choke her. She claimed that she briefly lost consciousness and had difficulty breathing.

While the victim initially stated that she did not strike Singleton, she later admitted to a DPD officer that she hit Singleton on the head while he was on top of her to “get him off of her.” She then advised that she broke free from Singleton and ran out the door to a nearby residence to call 9-1-1.

The deputy observed a laceration on the victim’s left forehead, and the area around the laceration was swollen and bleeding. Four horizontal marks were on her neck which were consistent with the size and shape of a handprint.

The MCSO report noted that the handprint was “significantly larger” than the victim’s own hand. Several vertical scratch marks were also on the victim’s neck, which the deputy noted was consistent with someone trying to pry a hand away.

The deputy made contact with Singleton, and he recalled being awakened by the victim at around 2 a.m. when she started banging on his door. He stated that he let her inside, and he admitted to smoking methamphetamine with her.

Singleton claimed that he fell asleep and later woke up to the victim striking him on the head with a closed fist. He recalled “wrestling” with the victim to restrain her, and he claimed that he was struck on the head with a large metal magnet.

The deputy located a dense metal magnet on a nearby stool and noted in the report that it weighed approximately 5 pounds. Singleton told the deputy that the magnet was hanging in the closet, and the victim had “retrieved it, hit him, and then left.”

Singleton also claimed that the victim had knocked two of his front teeth out during the altercation. The deputy did not observe any swelling or bleeding to his mouth or gums. According to the report, the roots of Singleton’s two missing front teeth were “brown with rot” and were in a “similar state” to the roots of other missing teeth that were in his mouth.

Singleton was unable to explain how the victim received the injury on her forehead or the handprint on her neck.

The deputy determined that Singleton was the likely aggressor in the altercation, according to the report. Singleton was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. He is facing a felony charge for domestic battery by strangulation.

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