Patricio G. Balona
The News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Fla.
A DeLand man locked up on accusations he held his girlfriend captive and threatened her with a gun is now held without bail for placing nearly 50 phone calls to the woman from jail over the weekend, Volusia sheriff’s officials said.
Jeremy Floyd, 39, was arrested on May 26 and charged with domestic violence, aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment, simple battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Floyd was being held on $57,000 bail but on Monday his jail status changed to no bail after he got an added stalking charge, said sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant.
According to Gant, the woman reported Floyd contacted her from jail 15 times on Saturday, 17 times on Sunday and 15 times on Monday.
A check of the Volusia County Branch Jail phone system confirmed Floyd used his inmate number to call the victim at least 16 times over that time frame, Gant said.
He left a voicemail stating: “I understand you’re upset with me. I’m sorry, I know you’re upset with me and I apologize about what I did to you. I’ll make it up to you. I apologize and I love you,” Gant said Floyd stated in a message.
Investigating deputies said Floyd held the 28-year-old DeLand woman captive, beating her and threatening her with a gun last week, preventing her from leaving their Amelia Avenue home for two days.
After spending all day Thursday in bed due to a head injury, on Friday the woman convinced her boyfriend to let her bring their dog to DeLand Animal Hospital. Floyd insisted on accompanying her, armed with a loaded handgun, deputies said.
At the veterinary hospital, the woman managed to alert authorities by slipping a note to a vet staff member that said: “Call the cops. My boyfriend is threatening me. He has a gun. Please don’t let him know,” Gant said.
The staff member called authorities and DeLand police got to the vet clinic first and detained Floyd. Volusia County sheriff’s deputies were called because the domestic violence crimes took place at the couple’s home in the 900 block of South Amelia Avenue, in the county, Gant said.
Deputies arrested Floyd, a felon, after the visibly injured girlfriend said she was repeatedly battered and physically prevented from leaving their home. During the incident, the two struggled over the handgun and it was discharged inside the house, Gant said.
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