Alachua man arrested in domestic battery case

Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 5:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 5:40 p.m.

Deputies arrested an Alachua man after relatives said he bashed his wife’s head in to the wall hard enough to break drywall, kidnapped one of his children, and bashed his mother’s car with a baseball bat.

The incident began around 7 p.m. Monday inside the home where Errol E. Loper, 49, lives with his wife and children, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Relatives said Loper pushed his wife onto the floor, according to an arrest report. When she tried to leave, witnesses said Loper pulled the couple’s 2-year-old child from her and told her she could not take his children. Then he broke his wife’s cellphone and grabbed a baseball bat that he threatened to use against her, witnesses said.

The couple’s 5-year-old child fled from the house to a neighbor’s home where the child called Loper’s mother.

That is when Loper took the younger child in the car and tried unsuccessfully to intercept the older sibling, deputies said.

Loper returned to his own house and shoved his wife about six feet and she hit her head hard enough to break the dry wall, according to an arrest report.

Loper’s mother told deputies that Loper threatened to beat her with the baseball bat if she called deputies.

Loper’s wife ran from the home with the younger child and hid outside until deputies arrived.

Before deputies reached the home, Loper’s mother said, Loper hit her car six times with the bat, doing about $1,000 worth of damage.

Loper was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, battery and felony criminal mischief. He was booked into the Alachua County jail where he remained on Tuesday.

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