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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Use of hammer leads to Brooksville woman’s arrest


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A Brooksville woman was arrested for domestic battery Sunday and held without bond after coming after a man with a hammer, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.

Cheryl Downey, 53, of 21095 Daoline Road, was in a verbal argument with David Downey before scratching both of his forearms, causing minor lacerations, and tore his t-shirt.

David left the house in his car for about an hour. Upon returning to the residence another verbal argument ensued, and David went into a spare bedroom, and closed and locked the door to stay away from Cheryl.

Cheryl got a hammer and struck the bedroom door, causing five separate holes while yelling at David to get out of the house, according to the affidavit. David told police that when he thought the situation had calmed down, he again went to leave the house, and Cheryl followed him out with the hammer.

After David got in his car and began backing out of the driveway, she struck the windshield with the hammer.

After police arrived, Cheryl told them she scratched David, tore his t-shirt, and struck the windshield as he was attempting to leave, but at no time did she intend to strike David with the hammer.

David told police at no time was he in fear of Cheryl when she had the hammer, stating that she was just acting out of anger and he knew she would not hit him with it, and never threatened to harm him.

A sworn written statement was obtained from David. David’s injuries, damage to the vehicle and damage to the inside the residence were photographed.

Cheryl was transported to the Hernando County jail and charged without incident.

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