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Belleview man jailed after woman claims he attacked her, restricted her breathing

A 26-year-old Belleview man was arrested after a woman claimed that he threw her to the floor, attacked her, and used his hands to restrict her breathing during an argument that turned physical.

On Saturday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a local residence in reference to a physical altercation. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the female victim who advised that the incident involved Dylan Lee Tucker, according to the arrest report.

Dylan Lee Tucker
Dylan Lee Tucker

The victim told the deputy that the incident occurred in the evening hours on February 18, and it began as a verbal argument. When the victim attempted to leave the residence during the argument, she advised that Tucker grabbed her and threw her to the floor, according to the MCSO report.

The victim further advised that Tucker struck her several times in the face and head before allegedly grabbing her by the neck. She stated that Tucker then used his hands to “block her mouth and nose,” and she was unable to breathe.

In the MCSO report, the deputy noted that the victim provided photographs and a video on her cellphone from the day after the incident, which showed bruising on the side of her neck and on her face under her right eye. According to the report, the glare from the sun made the photos difficult to see on the deputy’s body camera footage, and the deputy requested for the victim to send a copy of those photos.

While the victim initially agreed to send a copy of the photos showing the injuries she sustained during the alleged incident, the MCSO report stated that the victim later refused the deputy’s request because she did not want Tucker to be arrested and sent to jail.

On Sunday, March 26, the deputy contacted the victim and was informed that Tucker was at the residence, and she gave the deputy permission to stop by the home to speak with him. The deputy noted in the report that contact was then made with Tucker at the incident location.

In a post-Miranda interview, Tucker initially denied the victim’s allegations. He then admitted that an argument with the victim had occurred on the day of the incident and they both “shoved each other,” though he claimed it never became more physical than that, according to the MCSO report.

The deputy noted in the report that Tucker was asked about the victim’s injuries, and he claimed that he “did not know” how those injuries were sustained on the day of the incident.

Tucker was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held without bond. He is facing a felony charge for committing domestic battery by strangulation.

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