A Silver Springs man is facing battery charges after a woman accused him of punching and choking her inside their home.
On Saturday, December 9, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the residence in reference to a physical altercation that had occurred between 33-year-old John Brantley Hawkins and the female victim, according to the arrest report.
The victim told the deputy that she returned home from work at around 4 a.m. and went to lay down in bed. She stated that she was “facing the other end of the bed to watch videos,” which Hawkins “did not like.” When she turned to look at him, she claimed that he “became upset” and slapped her, according to the report.
After allegedly being slapped, the victim advised that she used her phone to send a text message to a relative. The deputy noted that the message requested for the relative to “come get [the victim].”
According to the victim’s statement in the report, Hawkins observed the text messages to her relative. Moments later, he allegedly began to “punch [her] on the head multiple times.” She told the deputy that she was also “strangled” during the altercation and “felt like she was going to die.”
The deputy made contact with Hawkins. After being read his Miranda rights, Hawkins claimed that an argument with the victim had occurred, and it stemmed from him believing that the victim was “cheating on him.” The report stated that Hawkins admitted to grabbing the victim’s phone from her during the incident, though he denied hitting her.
During the post-Miranda interview, Hawkins claimed that the victim had smashed her head against the wall during the incident. The deputy noted in the report that the victim had several injuries, including a knot on her forehead and blood on her eyebrow, and these injuries were “consistent with her statements.”
Hawkins was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $6,000 bond. He is being charged with committing domestic battery by strangulation (felony) and battery – touch or strike (misdemeanor).
A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, according to jail records.