Man arrested in battery at Tallahassee store

Man arrested in battery at Tallahassee store
Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 12:22:36-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man has been arrested, accused of following a victim around a TJ Maxx before hitting her in the face and spitting on her. 

According to a probable cause report, the incident happened back on Sept. 25. On that day, an officer responded to a TJ Maxx on Thomasville Road about a battery.

The victim told the officer that an unknown black man, later identified as 33-year-old Rudolph Corbett, began following her in the store. The victim, believing that Corbett was filming her, walked past him to see if he was recording her.

Corbett then confronted her, asking if she had a problem with him. She denied having a problem and walked away, thinking the situation had been resolved.

However, the victim says that Corbett continued to follow her and take pictures of her, at one point holding his phone directly in front of her face.

The victim says she then picked up an item and held it in front of her face. The action seemed to upset Corbett, the officer wrote in the report, and he moved closer to the victim.

The woman then threw something at Corbett to get away from him and he reacted, hitting her in the face with his hand. That's when store clerks got involved, the victim said, and Corbett began cursing at the store manager.

Eventually Corbett made to leave the store, but spat on the victim while walking out. 

Police were unable to find Corbett after the incident, but learned that he was wanted for violation of probation and had been previously convicted of battery.

Corbett was taken into custody in Gwinnett County, Georgia on Tuesday and was transported to the Leon County Detention Facility for one county of battery and violation of probation.

He remains in jail on a $15,000 bond.