Port Charlotte man arrested on charges of injuring a pregnant woman
FOX 4 Staff
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies arrested a Port Charlotte man on 13 warrants including a charge that he injured his pregnant girlfriend.
Deputies found 20-year-old Derik Markeese Davis hiding in the bedroom closet of a Port Charlotte home on Thursday.
On January 19 Davis went to his girlfriend's Port Charlotte home and got into an argument with her.
Investigators say Davis kicked the woman, five-months pregnant, in her stomach causing her to fall backwards into a sliding glass door that shattered. The glass severely cut her arms and legs.
A friend ran go help her but Davis pushed her away and the friend went to find something to defend herself.
Davis then chased after the friend and outside on the front lawn, tackled her, punched her several times in the back of the head, and tried choking her. She was able to get away and call 911; Davis fled the scene.
On February 9 Davis returned to the girl's home breaking in, smashing items in the home and ordered her not to testify against him in past cases. He then forced her to have sex with him then fled the home.
The victim had an appointment the next day with the State Attorney’s Office and en route to the SAO she got a call from Davis warning her to drop the charges against him. More warrants were issued for Davis but he continued to elude deputies and the Warrant Squad detectives until Thursday.
Davis is charged with two counts aggravated battery on a pregnant victim; two counts of tampering with a witness; two felony counts of battery; one count each for burglar with assault, sexual battery, grand theft, resisting an officer, throwing a missile into a dwelling, violation of a no contact order and failure to appear.
He's currently in the Charlotte County Jail held on $351,000 bond.