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Man allegedly batters girlfriend after trying to get into her apartment

A Leesburg man was arrested for allegedly battering his girlfriend when he went to retrieve items he left at her apartment.

Antonio Bernard Webber
Antonio Bernard Webber

An officer responded to a battery at an undisclosed Leesburg residence around 7:59 a.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest report from the Leesburg Police Department. Upon arrival, he met with the female victim who was standing outside at the back of the residence. 

The victim advised she was getting ready for work around 7:45 to 8:00 a.m. when 39-year-old Antonio Benard Webber began to bang on the door and bedroom window. He was trying to get into her apartment to retrieve his stuff he had left. However, she told him that his stuff could be picked up after 9 p.m., the report said. 

When the victim walked outside, Webber shoved her into the front door as she was closing it, grabbed her and threw her to the ground. She got her phone off the ground so she could call 911, and Webber tried to take it before leaving. She was on the phone with law enforcement when Webber returned and tried to “grab” her. Once he realized she was on the phone with emergency services, he left in his truck, the report said. 

The victim further advised they used to live together for about a year and a half and were in a relationship. While speaking with her, the officer observed marks and fresh blood on her left elbow and a scratch on her arm consistent with her description of the incident. She had security cameras surrounding the incident location, but no footage was captured of the incident, the report said. 

As the interview continued, Webber called the victim’s cell phone. Officers spoke with him over the phone where he was more willing to speak with officers about the incident. Webber agreed to meet with officers at Wawa, located at 1400 W. North Boulevard, the report said. 

Officers relocated to Wawa and met with Webber where they read his rights around 8:44 a.m. He advised that he and his son went to the victim’s house to retrieve their belongings, food and asthma inhaler. He had been texting and calling the victim since Monday, but she had not responded at all. Due to the lack of response, he went to her house on June 25 but did not see her, the report said. 

Webber came to her house again on Wednesday. As they were about to leave due to no response, the victim walked out. He turned back around and asked if they could grab their property to which she slammed the door, the report said. 

Webber moved the victim’s arm out of the way, and she fell on the ground. His son began crying, so he went to see if the victim was okay. However, she told him not to touch her and stated she was going to call the police, the report said. 

Due to the son’s crying getting louder, Webber left out of panic because he did not have his asthma inhaler. He went back to his girlfriend’s house and was going to contact the police, but the victim called while he was there and stated she was with the police, the report said. 

Webber also stated the only reason his clothes were at her property was due to him and his girlfriend having an argument. He reached out to the victim because she was a friend. They were not romantically involved and had never been in a relationship, the report said. 

The Michigan native was ultimately arrested on charge of simple battery (domestic). He was transported to Lake County Jail with bond set at $1,000. 

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