LUTZ — Evley R. Lilly, a 53-year-old security guard, is accused of punching his wife repeatedly in the face and ripping off her clothes in the attack at 10:30 p.m. Monday.
The 52-year-old woman ran outside their home naked and tried to call 911 on a cell phone, but Lilly grabbed and smashed it, a report states. The woman made it to a neighbor's house, where Lilly continued punching her in the face, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. A witness called for help.
The woman had a split lip and was taken to a hospital. Rescue workers told the Sheriff's Office her injury needed stitches and would likely leave a scar, authorities said.
Lilly told deputies he argued with "his wife over her spending over $140,000," the report states.
Lilly, of 24434 Mistwood Court in Lutz, was arrested and charged with felony battery and tampering with a witness. He is being held without bail at the Pasco jail. The Sheriff's Office did not state where Lilly works.