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Jailed woman says she was playing “tag” with baseball bat

Sara Marie Owens
Sara Marie Owens

A Leesburg woman who said she was playing “tag” was arrested after she allegedly chased her ex-boyfriend with a metal baseball bat.

Sara Marie Owens, 40, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after the incident, which happened Wednesday afternoon at a residence at 2701 Seminole Trail in Leesburg. Owens lived at the address for the past four years and was in a dating relationship with the victim until about two weeks prior to this incident, according to the arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s office.

The deputy who responded to a disturbance was familiar with Owens from prior calls to the residence. The victim told the officer that Owens arrived at the address at about 3 p.m. and began acting belligerent as she screamed and broke things. At one point, Owens became upset with the victim and threw a large stick in his direction, the report said.

The victim said he ducked behind his “shop,” and Owens followed him. He regained sight of Owens as she walked around the shop in his direction, according to the report.

At that point, she was holding an aluminum baseball bat in her hands. She mentioned something about “tag” and began running in the victim’s direction, yelling and chasing him aggressively. The victim said he was fearful she would hit him with the bat, the report said.

The officer then spoke with Owens, who confirmed she had a bat in her hands. However, she said she “trotted” after him in a playful manner asking if he wanted to play tag. She stated she did not mean to threaten him with the bat. Owens explained that as he ran away from her, she continued to follow him in a “trotting” manner while still holding the bat, the report said.

As a result of her admission that she chased the victim with a bat, Owens was arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail, where bond was set at $2,000.

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