BY JARRED SPANOS
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Maliyah Renee Clark, 18, was arrested Monday after throwing a picture frame at a man’s back at The Crossing in Santa Fe, hours after repetitive pounding sounds and screams were heard from an apartment.
Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies, responding around 4 a.m. to a 911 call for an ongoing crime, found the victim injured in the upper back. He was treated by paramedics at the scene, then taken to hospital shortly afterwards; Clark was charged with aggravated domestic battery and is being held on $5,000 bond.
According to residents of the apartment complex, the incident began the night before.
“At 10:30 a.m. I heard them arguing and she was outside crying again,” a neighbor said of the victim and the alleged attacker, who live together.
Other residents said they heard the accused on other occasions screaming and crying late at night.
The neighbor said Monday’s screams were louder than in the past. She said that around 4 a.m. she suddenly woke up, alarmed. She asked her boyfriend if he heard her. “She was sobbing, like literally screaming,” she said.
She looked out a window that overlooked the walkway connecting two apartment buildings and recalled telling her boyfriend, “There’s a guy protecting her, and the stabbing victim is running and screaming in his face. “
The neighbor said she had experienced similar things when she was younger and lived in Connecticut.
She experienced a meth house explosion and numerous shootings and drugs before she was eight, but described the fight as “one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen”.
A colleague of the defendant, who also lives in the apartment complex, ran to the apartment and saw the crime scene. He told other residents that “the man was beating her”.
The colleague reportedly said there was “blood everywhere” in the flat where the stabbings took place. “She was lying on the ground screaming. The man has already been stabbed and everything and arguing and yelling at her.
One of the neighbor’s roommates thought it was gunshots as there was a very loud pounding sound. The neighbor said she thought it might have been the man hitting the building: “I thought he was hitting it,” she said.
Another resident who saw an arrest at this resort described his time at The Crossing as “pretty wild”.
There was a fight on the basketball court that had to be broken up by police, he said. There have been two arrests for assault and battery in the past year.
The resident was not at home during the fight, but said: ‘I heard this couple arguing, and maybe some physical things are going on. The cops have been out here a lot lately.
Articles about the arrests are based on law enforcement reports. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are charges only. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court.