Man accused of cutting woman's face while at a bus stop

Posted at 2:11 AM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 05:22:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man accused of cutting a woman's face at a local bus stop is in jail.

Jermaine L. Deadwilder, 34, was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Monday on a charge of aggravated battery with great bodily harm and has a $25,000 bond. 

The cutting occurred at a bus stop near the Kearney Center, an emergency and homeless shelter, according to a Tallahassee Police Department incident report.

The victim, who was another resident of the homeless shelter, said that about 6:30 p.m. Sunday she saw Deadwilder in the dining area of the Kearney Center and asked him "where are our cellphones."

Deadwilder "chest bumped" her, she said, and she became angry but did not react physically. Both of them were told to leave the center.

The victim said she and another woman walked from the center to a bus stop. While she was there smoking a cigarette, Deadwilder approached and they began to argue again.

As Deadwilder and the victim were standng face-to-face and yelling at each other, Deadwilder pulled a pocket knife out of his pants pocket and cut the right side of her face and then fled from the area. 

The TPD officer wrote that he observed a "significant laceration" near the victim's mouth.

On Saturday, Deadwilder was accused of stealing cellphones from the victim, the victim's female friend who accompanied her to the bus stop, and that friend's boyfriend.

TPD officers investigated Saturday's incident, which involved a physical altercation, the report said, but could not establish probable cause because of conflicting information.

Deadwilder, arrested Monday at the Kearney Center, refused to speak with investigators after he was read the Miranda Warning.