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Monday, January 16, 2023

Ocala man arrested after allegedly kicking in front door of girlfriend’s home

A 24-year-old Ocala man was arrested after his girlfriend accused him of kicking in the front door of her residence.

On Saturday, January 7, two Belleview Police Department officers responded to a local residence in reference to a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, the officers were informed that a man, identified as Ezekiel Anderson, had fled from the residence after allegedly kicking in the front door.

Ezekiel Anderson
Ezekiel Anderson

In the BPD report, one of the officers noted that Anderson was observed on the east side of the residence, and he was crouching against a fence. When the officer made contact with Anderson, he advised that he was having issues with his girlfriend. He also kept asking the officer, “Do you see forced entry?”

The officers observed approximately $300 worth of damage to the front door near the lock, which indicated forced entry, according to the BPD report. Anderson was detained in handcuffs and placed into the back of a patrol vehicle.

After being read his Miranda rights, Anderson did not want to discuss the incident.

One of the officers made contact with Anderson’s girlfriend who advised that she has been living at the residence for the past several weeks. The victim told the officer that she had been arguing all day with Anderson, and she had told him to “leave her alone.”

When the victim later returned to the residence with the homeowner/second victim, they both observed that the front door was kicked in and the doorbell camera was “ripped off the wall and missing.” The BPD report stated that the doorbell camera was later located on the ground near the porch, and the camera was broken.

According to the first victim, Anderson proceeded to show up at the residence “out of nowhere” and an argument ensued. She told the officer that Anderson does not live at the residence and was not invited inside.

The officer made contact with the homeowner/second victim who provided a similar statement.

Anderson was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $12,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and a misdemeanor charge for criminal mischief.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, according to jail records.