Century Man Charged With Attacking Pregnant Woman
July 17, 2012
A Century man is facing a felony charge for allegedly attacking a pregnant woman that is also the mother of his child in the middle of a town street.
Maurice Austin, 23, was charged with aggravated battery when the offender knew or should have known the victim was pregnant.
The victim told Escambia County deputies that she was walking down Jefferson Avenue near East Street in Century to catch a ride with friends alongside Highway 29. Austin, the father of her child, was standing in the roadway. She claimed Austin said, “This better not be my baby momma. I’m about to slap the [expletive] out of her”.
The victim claimed Austin grabbed her by the neck, pushed her into the ditch and began fighting with her. The victim told deputies she broke free and continued walking toward her destination. She said that Austin’s girlfriend pulled off to the side of the road and ran over her foot. The two women — Austin’s girlfriend and the mother of his child — tried to fight, but Austin kept them apart briefly before saying he was going to step back and watch them fight, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report.
A third party drove by, broke up the fight and transported the victim to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Century Substation, the report states. The victim reportedly suffered cuts, bruises and swelling. Her flip-flop was broken on the foot she claimed was ran over, but she told deputies that there was no pain and she could move all her toes.
When questioned by deputies, Austin’s girlfriend denied knowledge of the alleged events.
Deputies were not immediately able to locate Austin after the July 4 altercation, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was released from the Escambia County Jail Monday on a $2,000 bond.