“I only held her while trying to reason with her”

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Jose A. Garcia

Ocala, Florida — The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man they say assaulted a woman in front of her child as she attempted to do laundry.

MCSO Deputy Eduardo Bustamante-Munt reported that the victim had only been dating the man for three months.

The victim stated that she and her boyfriend, Jose Angel Garcia, 29, had been involved in a verbal argument inside her residence when it began to “get out of control.”

The victim told the deputy that when the argument became heated, she decided to go to a Laundromat so “things could cool off.”

The victim said that she left the residence with her 7-year-old daughter and went to the Senor Bubbles Laundromat.

A short time later, Garcia arrived at the Laundromat and started a second argument with the victim.

During the argument, the victim told Garcia that she did not like his attitude or the way he was treating her. She then told Garcia she was breaking up with him.

The victim told the deputy that Garcia then became enraged, snatched her by her hair, and dragged her around the Laundromat.

Unfortunately, the victim’s daughter witnessed the incident.

The victim was able to break free, at which time she attempted to dial 911 from her cell phone. However, Garcia grabbed the phone and slammed it on the ground, and it broke into multiple pieces.

The victim screamed at Garcia and told him to leave her alone, and that she was going to find a cop.

Garcia then went to his scooter, retrieved a screwdriver, and punctured the victim’s left front tire on her car.

Garcia then held the screwdriver in his hand and stated, “I will kill you, bi**h.”

According to reports, the victim then ran into a store where the clerk let her call 911.

Deputy Bustamante-Munt reported that the victim’s phone was shattered into multiple pieces. He also noted that the tire on the victim’s car was flat. Additionally, the deputy reported that he saw the victim’s hair had been pulled out and was in complete disarray.

Garcia told the deputy that he was arguing with the victim at the residence, when she decided to leave.

Garcia said that he followed her to the Laundromat because he “was not finished with her.” He stated that it made him upset that she walked out during the argument.

He said that when he arrived at the Laundromat, he confronted her, but she kept asking him to leave.

He told the deputy that after a short argument, the victim stated, “I am done with you.” Garcia said he then became angry.

“I didn’t hit her. I only held her while trying to reason with her,” Garcia told the deputy. “I took her cell phone because I did not understand why the cops needed to get involved.”

Garcia told the deputy that he punctured the victim’s tire because he didn’t want her to leave.

He denied that he had threatened to kill her with the screwdriver.

As the deputy was speaking with Garcia, he saw a screwdriver sticking out of his front pocket.

According to reports, when Deputy Bustamante-Munt told Garcia he was under arrest, he stated, “Wait, wait, wait.”

Garcia refused to place his hands behind his back, at which time Deputy Bustamante-Munt and Deputy Peters, who had also responded to the scene, grabbed Garcia’s arms and forced him to place them behind his back. He was then handcuffed.

Garcia was charged with Resisting Arrest, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery, Property Damage over $200 (x2), and Obstructing Justice-Intimidate Threaten Witness.

He is currently being held on a $19,000 bond.

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  • urchittingme

    So you think you’re a real tough guy beating women and riding a scooter?

    • Huskyrider

      Ha!

  • Ocala native

    This is why women should carry a fire arm, so the next girl won’t have to put up with this. Perfect justification for stand your ground law.

    • Shyanha

      Not sure it would have helped in this situation. Having lived with this creep means he would know about the gun. It may have served as a deterrent or it could have ended up being used against her. I’m all for carrying but in situations where the other person is aware you’re carrying there’s a possible disadvantage.

      This guy has typical abuser mentality – he thinks he didn’t do anything wrong, and he was being completely reasonable. He’s probably still trying to figure out what he did to deserve being arrested.

      I hope this woman’s moxie holds up and she writes this louse out of her life. While it’s upsetting her daughter witnessed the violence, she also witnessed her mother being strong and standing up to this loser. Hopefully that strength will carry over into the little girl’s life as she grows up.

      • Ocala native

        I would have to disagree with you on this, if he knew she carried and was willing to use it he may have thought twice about hitting her. I think we will only agree on the fact that this guy is a piece of crap.

        • Shyanha

          I agree he might have thought twice. Personalities and actions amongst individuals vary so greatly it’s hard to say what the outcome would have been. I suppose it would have to do largely with whether he believed she’d use the gun or not. Given the way the article presents her standing up to him he very well may have been one less pariah in the world.

  • cindermaggi

    Wth