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Woman arrested for punching neighbor and breaking her window

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Earlena Nicole Manning, 35, was arrested yesterday and charged with felony battery and damage to property over $200 after allegedly punching her neighbor and then breaking the neighbor’s window.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call from the Holly Heights area, where the victim said Manning, her neighbor, had been standing outside her front window and sticking her tongue out. The victim said she stepped out of her front door to ask Manning to leave her alone, and Manning punched her twice in the face with a closed fist. She said she then went back into her apartment, and Manning smashed her front window. The deputy reported that the window was broken, with glass inside the apartment. The repair to the window is estimated to cost about $350.

Deputies tried to locate Manning without success, but they received a report later in the day that Manning had returned to the neighborhood. Manning was taken into custody, and she said post-Miranda that no physical altercation happened between her and the victim and that she had not damaged the window.

Because Manning has a previous aggravated battery conviction, she has been charged with felony battery and damage to property over $200; she also had an active warrant for driving with a suspended license. She has been released on $8,000 bail with the condition that she not interact with her neighbor.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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