Man Leads Deputies on Foot Chase After Severely Beating Girlfriend
SPRING HILL – Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a gated community in Sterling Hills Saturday, after a man severely beat his live-in girlfriend and then led deputies on a foot chase for several hours.
According to officials, 35-year-old Felix Alexander Gillis and his girlfriend began arguing around 6:30 am Saturday morning, at their home in the Arborglades Subdivision. The dispute turned physical, when Gillis began kicking his girlfriend in the face and head, causing fractures to her temporal bone. During the altercation, the victim’s cousin tried to intervene, but was pushed away by Gillis, causing her fall to the ground and sustain a laceration to the knee.
Before deputies could take Gillis into custody, he fled the scene – leading them on a foot chase through several gated communities.
According to our sources, Gillis contacted at least two local cab companies, in an attempt to elude deputies. RNRF witnessed one of the cab drivers searching for their “fare” as deputies observed from a distance. Gillis did not emerge and remained hidden in one of the communities.
Two K-9 units began tracking Gillis, where they eventually located him near the original scene of the crime. Gillis sustained minor injuries from a dog bite and after being medically cleared, he was transported to the Hernando County Jail.
Gillis is charged with Felony Domestic Battery, Battery, and Resisting Arrest. He remains behind bars held on $12,000 bond.
Gillis’ girlfriend was transported to Bayfront Spring Hill for treatment, where her condition remains unknown.
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