Haciendas of Mission Hills man jailed in second attack at his home

Robert Schaeffer

A Haciendas of Mission Hills man has been jailed in a second attack this year at his home in The Villages.

Robert J. Schaeffer, 66, was booked at 9:35 p.m. Friday at the Sumter County Detention Center on charges of battery and resisting arrest. Bond was set at $3,000. An arrest report was not immediately available.

State Attorney Brad King on Sept. 18 announced that charges of false imprisonment and domestic battery by strangulation against Schaeffer were being dismissed due to “victim/witness issues.” He had been arrested Aug. 13 at his home on Avecilla Drive.

At the time of that arrest, Schaeffer and his wife had been arguing for eight weeks before he “grabbed her by the throat and told her they were both going to die tonight,” according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. He put his hands around her neck and tried to force her into a car. She was able to break free after she kneed him in the groin.

Robert J. Schaeffer’s booking photo from Aug. 13.

A deputy who examined the Ohio native’s wife found bruises on her body, including some that were a week old, the arrest report indicated.

Upon his release on $30,000 bond, the six-footer who weighs about 200 pounds was ordered not to have contact with his wife. Schaeffer’s attorney, Mark Timothy Conan, later filed a motion asking that the “no contact” order be softened so that Schaeffer could have “no hostile contact” with his wife. On the same day that motion was to go before a judge, the prosecutor’s office decided to drop the case.

The Schaeffers bought their home in the Haciendas of Mission Hills in January for $565,000.