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Orange Park man arrested for domestic violence after being found hiding in closet, deputies say

Zoey Fields

An Orange Park man was arrested Thursday on charges of domestic battery and resisting officers, deputies said.

At approximately 3:28 a.m., Thursday, Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 1600 block of Canopy Oaks Drive in Orange Park in reference to a battery.

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An Orange Park man is in Clay County Jail on charges of domestic violence and evading law enforcement.Photo byGetty Images

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the female victim who stated D’Vaughn St. John Jr., 22, of Orange Park had threatened her, punched her in the face multiple times and, the day prior, had put her in a chokehold until she was not able to breathe, the arrest report said.

She also told deputies he had thrown her clothes away and broken her phone.

While deputies were speaking to the victim, St. John fled the residence from his bedroom window on the second story.

Deputies left the scene, but the victim called a second time to inform deputies that St. John had returned. She told deputies she was in fear for her life, the arrest report said.

Deputies returned to the Canopy Oaks Drive residence and watched St. John attempt to escape through the back window, again, this time with deputies surrounding the house and inside the residence.

The arrest report said that deputies watched St. John crawl back in through the window when he realized they were outside.

A deputy went upstairs to the bedroom where they found St. John inside his closet in a plastic bin with clothes on top of it, the arrest report said. Deputies noticed the bin was moving and made contact with St. John, who became extremely combative and refused handcuffs, the report said.

It was noted that there was redness around the victim’s neck, along with marks and bruising consistent with her statements, deputies said. She had a minor cut on her right arm and right leg, as well as swelling on her forehead from the punches.

St. John was arrested and transported to Clay County Jail. No bond amount is currently posted.

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