Man recently out of prison arrested for aggravated battery, police say


Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:05 p.m.

A Gainesville man recently released from prison after serving more than two years for beating the mother of his child and leaving her partially blind in one eye was arrested early Wednesday on three charges involving the same woman, according to a report.

Since 20-year-old Dennis Ray Humphreys III was released from prison in early May, he has been showing up at the woman’s home and place of work, Gainesville police say. There, the report notes, he has burned her with cigarettes and made violent threats to the victim and her family, including a threat to knock her mother’s teeth out.

On Tuesday night, Humphreys called the victim’s cellphone 37 times, police said. The woman told police she has been living in fear for two months, constantly looking over her shoulder for Humphreys to appear. She has called police multiple times in June and this month.

The first time she called police about Humphreys was on June 22 when he and a friend arrived at her home without shirts on and began banging on the door “looking for a fight,’’ the report states. The police were called to make Humphreys leave.

On July 12, Humphreys went to the woman’s place of employment and began arguing with her during her break. When the argument escalated, Humphreys flicked a lit cigarette into her face, causing a burn that was still visible two weeks later, the report states.

Humphreys showed up at her workplace again two days later, where he reportedly threatened and cursed at employees and caused a disturbance. The police were called and subsequently made him leave.

Over the previous two months, Humphreys had burned the woman with cigarettes, leaving her with numerous scars on her arm, the report states.

He was arrested on three counts of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated stalking. Under Florida law, Humphreys is considered a “prison releasee reoffender” and is subject to a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison for each charge if convicted.

He was being held in the Alachua County jail on Wednesday on a $250,000 bond.

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