BROOKSVILLE — Before he was arrested on an attempted homicide charge, a 29-year-old man protested his innocence in a post on the Facebook page of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
"Anybody can be accused of anything but it doesn't mean I did it because I didn't," a Facebook user named Tim Bates wrote.
Deputies said the comment was really posted by Timothy Kydd, 29, at 10:19 p.m. Saturday — some 13 hours after the Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a woman who had been beaten at the Freedom Gardens Apartments, near Cortez Boulevard and South Main Street.
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The Sheriff's Office is withholding the woman's name due to its interpretation of Marsy's Law — a state constitutional amendment designed to protect crime victims.
The woman had met Kydd on a dating site the day before the attack, deputies said. She drove to Ocala to pick him up and bring him back to her apartment, where she lived with her 7-year-old child. The two argued that night and again in the morning about sexual relations.
In the morning, she told the man to leave, deputies said. He hit her on the head with a hammer and put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.
The 7-year-old ran to the bedroom and Kydd hit the woman again, according to the Sheriff's Office. A neighbor heard her scream, came to her apartment and saw a man running away.
The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries including fractures to her skull and face. She was transferred to a trauma center where she remained in critical condition Monday.
That night, on its Facebook page, the Sheriff's Office posted an old mugshot of Kydd and his description. Kydd responded to the post, deputies said, saying he was in Georgia living with his brother and had spoken to the lead detective on the case.
He said he had made arrangements to come back to Florida and discuss the allegations. He then responded to comments about him at the site.
"I haven't done anything wrong and cooperating with them isn't a problem for me. Georgia is a fresh start new people a wider variety of jobs. ... I'm not running from these allegations Ma'am. ... I'm just trying to address them the right way," he wrote.
Kydd was located in Marion County and arrested just after 1 a.m. Sunday, the Sheriff's Office said.
He is being held without bond.
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