Police: Man arrested after fighting two women, one of whom was pregnant


Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Sunday after police allege he hit two women, one of them pregnant, and fought with a police officer who arrived at the scene.

The fight began in the 900 block of Southeast 11th Avenue when Darrick Leon Paul, 42, began drinking Sunday morning and got aggressive with his girlfriend of 22 years and her pregnant daughter, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

Paul’s girlfriend told police he had been staying with his mother in Alachua for the past few months, but she let him sleep on her living-room floor for a few days while he looked for a job in Gainesville.

She told Paul to leave, at which point he grabbed his backpack and left, but he returned shortly after and kicked in the front door.

Paul, of 1025 SE 10th Ave., grabbed the daughter around her neck, threw her onto the couch and punched her in the mouth, police reported. He then grabbed his girlfriend and pushed her against a wall.

The daughter called 911 during the fight, and Paul walked outside after striking them both, according to the report.

When an officer arrived, Paul was kicking the home’s front window. After Paul was ordered to stop, he took his shirt off and walked up to the officer with clenched fists stating the officer would have to fight him to take him to jail, according to the report.

The officer tackled him, and Paul wrapped his legs around the officer’s back, but the officer managed to handcuff Paul, according to the report.

Paul admitted to drinking and kicking in the front door, but he said the two women attacked him unprovoked, police said. He also said he knew the daughter was six months pregnant.

Paul was arrested on felony charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman, burglary and violently resisting an officer. He also was charged with misdemeanor battery and assault on an officer. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Monday in lieu of a $370,000 bond.

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