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Ocala woman accused of stalking ex-boyfriend, burglarizing his home

A 34-year-old Ocala woman accused of stalking her ex-boyfriend was arrested for allegedly breaking into his home and stealing over $200 worth of items.

On Tuesday, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on N U.S. Highway 441 in Reddick in reference to a burglary incident. The male victim advised that the property, which he is currently renting with his roommate, was burglarized the previous day, between the hours of midnight and 10 p.m., according to the arrest report.

The victim stated that when he arrived home, he observed a broken window at the back of the residence. In addition, the back door appeared to have been struck, and it had several dents and a broken door handle. The deputy noted in the report that the damage was estimated at approximately $850.

According to the report, the deputy observed a “dried bloodstain” on the curtain over the broken window. The deputy also noted that the rear door and its handle were both damaged.

The victim told the deputy that he entered the home and discovered that the following items were missing: a Wi-Fi router ($100 value), two air conditioning remotes ($50 value/each), and two key rings holding miscellaneous keys for a boat, work truck, and storage sheds on the property. The report stated that these items were shared between the victim and his roommate.

According to the victim’s statement, he had avoided being at the incident location for over a week due to his ex-girlfriend, Roberta Alisha Barnes, allegedly stalking him. He claimed that Barnes showed up “uninvited” to the house every night, adding that she would sometimes drive by the property.

Roberta Alisha Barnes
Roberta Alisha Barnes, 34, of Ocala

The sheriff’s office located Barnes at a local Publix, and she was detained in handcuffs. The report stated that a “computer check through various law enforcement databases” revealed that Barnes’ vehicle, a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, was captured on video surveillance in an area near the victim’s home on the following dates:

  • Sunday, May 5, 2024, at around 11:50 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at around 1 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 9, 2024, at around 1:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, May 11, 2024, at around 12:50 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 12, 2024, at around 12:45 a.m.
  • Monday, May 13, 2024, at around 8:55 p.m.

The deputy made contact with Barnes at Publix, and she denied any knowledge of a burglary incident at the victim’s home. She also confirmed that she is the only person who drives her vehicle.

When asked about her whereabouts on Monday, May 13, Barnes initially stated that she worked until around 7 p.m. and then went home. She eventually admitted to driving near and around the victim’s home that evening, though she denied breaking into the home and taking items, according to the report.

The deputy noted that Barnes had a bandage on her right forearm, and she claimed that she had been bitten by a bug. She removed the bandage, and the deputy observed that the injury appeared to be a small cut, not a bug bite.

The interview with the deputy concluded when Barnes requested an attorney.

The sheriff’s office conducted an interior search of Barnes’ vehicle. During that search, her purse was located, and it contained three sets of keys that matched the victim’s missing keys.

Barnes was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail, where she is currently being held without bond. She is being charged with unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, grand theft over $100 but less than $750, stalking, and criminal mischief with property damage over $200 but less than $1,000.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.