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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Man arrested for knife attack at Ocala truck stop

A 37-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly attacking another man with a knife at a truck stop in Ocala.

On Saturday, December 2, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office corporal responded to the Love’s Travel Stop located at 7791 NW 47th Avenue in reference to an aggravated battery incident involving a knife. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his mid-30s who was wearing a gray shirt and black shorts, according to the arrest report.

Upon arrival at the truck stop, the corporal located a man matching the suspect’s description who was later identified as Wendy Leon Ruiz. He was detained and placed in the back of an MCSO patrol vehicle.

Wendy Leon Ruiz
Wendy Leon Ruiz, 37, of Hialeah

The corporal made contact with the male victim who advised that he was helping a female trucker with her rig when Ruiz became upset due to “the [woman’s] semi being near his.” Ruiz then allegedly began to “harass and yell” at the victim, according to the report.

The victim stated that Ruiz exited his vehicle while wielding a black knife. Ruiz then allegedly approached the vehicle “aggressively” and began swinging, slicing, and stabbing at the victim with the knife, according to the victim’s statement in the report.

During the altercation, the victim stated that he sustained a cut on his stomach from Ruiz’s knife. After backing away from Ruiz, the victim advised that he was able to return to his vehicle and grab a firearm that was stored inside.

The victim told the corporal that shortly after he grabbed the firearm, Ruiz “backed off” and no longer “came at him.” The victim then re-entered his semi-truck and waited for law enforcement to arrive.

The corporal noted that the victim had a small laceration on his stomach, and the wound appeared to be “fresh.” The victim reiterated that the wound had been caused by Ruiz’s knife.

The report stated that two witnesses spoke with the corporal and corroborated the victim’s statement.

The corporal returned to Ruiz. After being read his Miranda rights, Ruiz refused to discuss the incident.

Ruiz was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was released two days later on $2,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, according to jail records.