Duke Energy employee arrested after violent altercation at Ocala Microtel hotel

William Robert Cramer

A Duke Energy employee was arrested Monday night after a woman sought help at Timber Ridge Medical Center following a violent altercation at an Ocala hotel.

The woman told a Marion County deputy that she got into an altercation with 45-year-old William Robert Cramer in Room 208 of the Microtel Inn & Suites at 1770 SW 134th Street.

The woman, whom a deputy noted in his report appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, said she was alone with Cramer when he became upset and “grabbed her by the throat” before throwing her onto a wooden table. The woman added that she was having trouble breathing when Cramer’s hand was around her neck, a sheriff’s office report states.

The woman said they both went inside, where another verbal altercation took place. This time, she said, Cramer “grabbed her by the throat and threw her up against her vehicle” before leaving the hotel, the report says.

Two eyewitnesses who are friends of the woman confirmed her story about the incident that took place outside.

The woman, who had red marks around her neck and bruising on her lips, told deputies that “Cramer is only a friend and that she has never been in a romantic relationship with him,” the report says.

Cramer, who denied all the allegations made by the woman, was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail. He was charged with battery and released on $1,000 bond early Tuesday morning.

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