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Wanted man wrapped in blanket jumps through closed window, deputies say

Suspect accused of battering pregnant woman

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A wanted man accused of battering his pregnant girlfriend wrapped himself in a blanket and jumped through a closed window as authorities were preparing to arrest him, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said on Dec. 3, the victim reported that her boyfriend, Stefan Short, pushed her to the ground and threw her cellphone and glasses into a bush during an argument. Short also attacked a neighbor, who he suspected was romantically involved with his girlfriend, the report said.

The victim, who is three months pregnant with Short's child, suffered a cut to her lip and the neighbor suffered cuts to his face, arms and legs, according to authorities. The victim said Short was suffering from drug withdraw and she believed that could be an explanation for his behavior, the affidavit said.

Deputies said Short ran away from the home on Spring Street in DeLeon Springs before they arrived and they weren't able to find him until two days later when he returned to the home.

Felony battery arrest

Interesting exit strategy! *This individual was wanted on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant victim and felony battery when deputies located him at a house in DeLeon Springs. A deputy noticed the defendant was covered in a blanket and ran into a bedroom shortly before he surprised a second deputy by jumping straight through a closed window. The defendant was treated on scene for minor injuries obtained during his exit, and remains in custody on $5,000 bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

Posted by Volusia Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Short, who was completely wrapped in a blanket, ran into a bedroom when deputies arrived then moments later, jumped headfirst through a closed window, shattering the glass, according to authorities.

Body camera video shows a deputy who had been waiting outside of the home immediately approached Short, drew his weapon and demanded Short get down on the ground.

Still wrapped in a blanket, Short complied with the deputy's demand, video shows.

Short was arrested on charges of aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and battery.


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