A 39-year-old Leesburg man is accused of grabbing his wife’s face and punching her adult son in the face during a fracas in a vehicle in Howey in the Hills.
The victim told a Howey in the Hills Police officer that she, David Lloyd Nicholson and their 19-year-old son came to town on Saturday afternoon so she could pick up some mail out of her old mailbox on Central Avenue near South Dixie Drive. She said it was only junk mail, but Nicholson became angry when she wouldn’t show it to him, according to the police report.
The victim said Nicholson is a bully and a disturbance broke out inside the vehicle. She said while they were yelling at each other, Nicholson grabbed her by the face. The victim said the car was in motion while that was going on, the report said.
The victim said she was able to put the vehicle in park. When Nicholson noticed she was on the phone with 911, he grabbed the victim’s phone and threw it out of the vehicle, preventing her from making contact with Lake County dispatch, according to the report.
The victim said at that point, the victim’s son started yelling at Nicholson and grabbed his arm to keep him from striking or grabbing her. Nicholson turned around and jumped in the back, and he punched him with a closed fist in the left eye. The officer observed some swelling around the second victim’s eye, the report said.
The two victims got out of the vehicle near JB Boondocks Bar and Grill, 704 S. Lakeshore Blvd., while Nicholson drove off. The officer put out an alert on the vehicle and Nicholson was detained by an Astatula Police officer, who brought him to the restaurant, according to the report.
Nicholson was charged with two counts of domestic battery and one count of intimidation or interruption of 911 communication, along with three probation violations. He was taken to the Lake County Jail, where he was being held Tuesday on $6,000 bond. Nicholson will appear in Lake County Court on April 26.