Mutual Combat Leads to Couple’s Arrest, Wife Tired of Cheating Husband
SPRING HILL – Jealous rage got the best of a Spring Hill woman last night but her suspected cheating husband stood his ground and both ended up behind bars.
According to reports, deputies responded to 1250 Glendale Avenue, where they made contact with 43-year-old Anthony Pilotti and his wife of 15-years, 48-year-old Holly Rich.
Pilotti told Deputy Vincent Mascitelli that he was having issues with his motorcycle, which caused him to be late coming home. Pilotti says that’s when Rich slapped him in the head with both hands, multiple times. She also destroyed several items in the garage during the altercation. Mascitelli says Pilotti had red marks on his face, consistent with being slapped.
Mascitelli then made contact with Rich who said she was sick of her husband cheating on her with a 25-year-old girl. Rich admitted to destroying items in the residence but says Pilotti hit and grabbed her arm, and then threw her into a chair. Rich did have bruising on her arms, consistent with being grabbed, according to Mascitelli.
Deputy Mascitelli charged both with Domestic Battery and transported them to the Hernando County Jail. Rich and Pilotti are held on $5,000 bond each and will not be allowed to post bond until 3:00 p.m. today.
During the booking process Rich yelled across the room to her husband and said “I hope you’re f***ing happy!”
The couple’s arrest raises two questions, as it pertains to domestic violence laws. Florida is a mandatory arrest state, which means that when there are allegations of physical contact during a domestic dispute, an arrest must be made. In most cases the “primary aggressor” is charged, which raises the first question; why were both arrested in this case, if Rich was the first to make physical contact?
The second issue is even more unusual. In most cases, as with this one, the Judge ordered both defendants to have no contact with each other upon their release. So, the question is; who has possession of their residence? Does it come down to who can get back the residence first after they are released? Could they both be arrested again if they show up at the same time?
We are waiting on a response from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office for clarification on certain laws regarding mutual domestic violence arrests.
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