Summerfield man accused of battering woman in fight over scrap metal

Vincent Ray Simmons Jr.

A Summerfield man is behind bars after allegedly battering a woman who didn’t want to him to take scrap metal from her yard.

Vincent Ray Simmons Jr., 57, was charged with domestic battery after the incident, which happened around 2 p.m. Monday. Jail records show he has three prior domestic battery arrests, the most recent in 2014.

The Marion County sheriff’s deputy who responded to the incident first encountered Simmons, who said he was trying to leave when the victim jumped on his back and put him in a choke hold. He said the victim has been harassing him while he’s been living in his camper next to her home. Simmons said he didn’t know why the victim would try to choke him and he didn’t have any visible injuries, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said she has some scrap metal alongside her property where Simmons parked his camper, and she drove around to that side of her residence to make sure he didn’t take it away. She said Simmons came out of his camper and charged her, pushing her to the ground, the report said.

The victim said Simmons started punching her on her head and arms while she was on the ground. She said she tried to get back into her vehicle, but Simmons pushed her open car door into her. The victim said her son jumped over a fence and pulled Simmons off her by the collar, according to the report.

The victim’s son said he saw Simmons on top of his mother and he jumped over the fence, grabbed Simmons’ collar and pulled him away from her. The deputy observed two small wounds on the victim’s left arm, the report said.

Simmons was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $1,000 bond. He’s due to appear in Marion County Court on Dec. 27.