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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Ocala man apprehended by K-9 in home after allegedly choking, striking woman

A Marion County Sheriff’s Office K-9 apprehended a 53-year-old Ocala man who was accused of choking and battering a woman inside a local residence.

On Wednesday, September 13, MCSO deputies located the female victim at the RaceTrac gas station located at 3040 S Pine Avenue in Ocala. The arrest report stated that the victim had multiple abrasions on both of her legs and right elbow, along with scratches and abrasions around her neck.

The victim told one of the deputies that Aaron Raymond Simpson had battered her, and she fled from the residence after the alleged incident, according to the report.

Aaron Raymond Simpson
Aaron Raymond Simpson

The victim stated that Simpson was sleeping in bed when she returned home, and he became upset when she began questioning if he was drunk. According to the victim, Simpson threw her suitcase across the living room, and he then allegedly choked her before pushing her to the ground.

While she was allegedly being choked by Simpson, the victim stated that she was unable to breathe. She told the deputy that Simpson repeatedly stated that he would kill her during the incident. She added that while she was on the ground, Simpson allegedly struck her on her arms and near her abdomen, according to the report.

The victim also advised that at one point during the incident, she attempted to contact law enforcement on her cellphone. She stated that Simpson proceeded to snatch her phone and attempted to break it.

Two deputies, along with a K-9 partner, responded to the incident location, and the victim gave permission for them to enter the residence. According to the report, Simpson refused to exit the home after multiple “law enforcement announcements” were made, and the K-9 partner was released inside the residence.

The K-9 partner successfully located and apprehended Simpson, and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of an injury that was sustained from a dog bite. Once Simpson was medically cleared, he was transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $3,500 bond.

Simpson is facing felony charges for committing domestic battery by strangulation (one count) and hindering, delaying, or preventing the communication to a law enforcement officer of information relating to the commission or possible commission of an offense or violation (one count). He is also being charged with resisting an officer without violence, which is a misdemeanor.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, according to jail records.