Hatchet-tossing Summerfield man jailed after nasty tiff with Belleview man friend

Doran Roger Roberts

A Summerfield man accused of smacking a Belleview man and throwing a hatchet at his truck found himself behind bars late Wednesday afternoon.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies spoke with 56-year-old Doran Roger Roberts, who was at the corner of SE 150th Street and S. Hwy 475, not far from his residence where the altercation took place. Roberts, who deputies noted “appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol,” said he had been in an argument with the Belleview man, who he claimed had pulled a gun on him, a report says.

The Belleview man said he and Roberts got into an altercation about some work that needed to be completed at the property on SE 150th Street. He said Roberts got into his face and struck him on the back of his head with his hand. He also claimed Roberts had tossed a hatchet at his truck before walking westbound on SE 150th Street, the report says, noting that there was no damage to the vehicle.

A criminal history check showed that Roberts had been adjudicated guilty for domestic battery (second offense) in Marion County on Jan. 23, 2002. It also showed that on Nov. 1, 2012, he was adjudicated guilty for battery on a police officer, firefighter, EMT in Monroe County.

Roberts was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with domestic battery. He was being held on $5,000 bond and is due in court June 30 at 9 a.m.

Roberts also was arrested in June 2019 after a woman reported a rampage inside her vehicle. She claimed that he had broken the passenger-side dashboard trim and pulled out an air vent while having a tirade. She estimated the damage at $600.

More Headlines

Villager’s troubled son leaps to his death from cell phone tower

A Villager’s troubled son leapt to his death from cell a phone tower on the Historic Side of The Villages.

Villager wants buffer to shield his home from noise from Turnpike

A Villager wants a buffer to shield his home from noise from the Florida Turnpike.

Photos

Hawk In Flight Around Village Of Collier

Check out this hawk that was spotted flying above the Village of Collier. Thanks to Cindy Farkus for sharing! Share your local photos with us...

Old Truck At Brownwood Paddock Square In Black And White

Check out this awesome black and white shot of the old truck at Brownwood Paddock Square. Thanks to Ron Clark for sharing! Share your local...

Brown Anole With Extended Dewlap

This brown anole with an extended dewlap was spotted on Fenney Nature Trail. Thanks to Naly de Carvalho for sharing! Share your local photos with...

Letters to the Editor

Morses could help refute the distorted picture of The Villages

Two Villages couples, speaking out jointly in a Letter to the Editor, contend the Morses could help refute the distorted picture of The Villages.

Business

Two Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations preparing to reopen in The Villages

Two of the three Cody’s Original Roadhouse locations in The Villages are preparing to reopen Wednesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crime

‘Apologetic’ suspect arrested in theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart

An “apologetic” suspect was arrested in the theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

Opinions

Is it too much a task to wear a mask?

Hugo Buchanan, writing in an Opinion piece, wonders if it is too much a task to wear a mask?

Top Stories

Deadly COVID-19 virus continues to hammer The Villages and nearby communities

Sixty-seven new cases of COVID-19 were reported in and around The Villages on Monday as Florida continued to see massive increases in new patients battling the potentially deadly virus.

Villager’s troubled son leaps to his death from cell phone tower

A Villager’s troubled son leapt to his death from cell a phone tower on the Historic Side of The Villages.

Villager wants buffer to shield his home from noise from Turnpike

A Villager wants a buffer to shield his home from noise from the Florida Turnpike.

Letters to the Editor

Morses could help refute the distorted picture of The Villages

Two Villages couples, speaking out jointly in a Letter to the Editor, contend the Morses could help refute the distorted picture of The Villages.

Destroying the Hacienda pool and restaurant

A Village of De La Vista North resident, in a Letter to the Editor, points to the demolition of Hacienda Hills Country Club and says she’s very disappointed with the way things are going in that area of The Villages.

The Villages Daily Sun finally gets it!

A Village of Hillsborough resident says that after months of ignoring the Coronavirus crisis, The Villages Daily Sun is finally understanding the significant threat of COVID-19. Read his Letter to the Editor.

Crime

‘Apologetic’ suspect arrested in theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart

An “apologetic” suspect was arrested in the theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

Speeding driver from Mexico arrested near Okahumpka Service Plaza

A speeding driver from Mexico was arrested near the Okahumpka Service Plaza.

Oxford woman jailed after Facebook-inspired brawl sends ‘friend’ to ER

An Oxford woman was jailed after a Facebook-inspired brawl sent her “friend” to the emergency room.