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Homeless man accused of attacking pregnant woman

Tony Holt Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:47 PM

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A homeless man was charged Sunday night with felony domestic battery following allegations he attacked a pregnant woman in the parking lot of a gas station.

Daniel John Selback, 23, was booked shortly after 11:15 p.m. at the Hernando County Jail and held without bond.

Deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office arrived shortly before 6 a.m. that day at the RaceTrac at the corner of State Road 50 and Fort Dade Avenue. They observed Selback arguing with a woman and the two had to be separated, according to an arrest affidavit.

After the couple had left, a witness told one of the deputies he saw Selback batter the woman. The suspect was sitting on the curb next to her when he grabbed her by the hair, pulled her face to the ground and slapped her, according to the sheriff's office.

The couple could not be located after the witness gave his statement.

By 6 p.m., one of the deputies returned to the gas station and spoke with the woman, who confirmed the witness' account, according to the affidavit.

She didn't initially report what took place that morning because she was scared, the deputy stated.

The accuser is three months pregnant with Selback's child and Selback was aware she was pregnant when he attacked her, deputies said.

Four hours later, the deputy responded to a house along Fort Dade and arrested Selback.

The suspect admitted to pulling the woman's hair, deputies said.

On Monday, the sheriff's office arrested another Brooksville man on a count of domestic battery.

Quantivs Thomas, 19, slapped his mother's face two or three times during an argument that afternoon about a cell phone bill, deputies said.

Thomas' mother held Thomas down by his hair until family members came to her aid, according to the sheriff's office.

Thomas was booked shortly before 4 p.m. at the jail. He was held without bond. (352) 544-5283

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