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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 2 years ago

Ormond man charged with felony child abuse after duct-taping and zip tying girl

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Anthony Hubble told police he had detained the child for running away and being defiant.
by: Emily Blackwood News Editor

An Ormond Beach man was arrested Aug. 8, after admitting to police that he zip-tied a child's wrists and tied up her legs to prevent her from running away. 

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office responded to a domestic disturbance after Anthony Hubble, 50, drove his car into the front lawn of a home on Alamanda Drive while trying to chase a 15-year-old girl who had ran away from his home. According to the police report, officers found the girl crying inside the vehicle with duct tape and zip ties wrapped around her left wrist. She told police earlier that morning, Hubble ordered her into his room and told her "get ready to get your a-- beat." 

She told the officers that when she walked into his room, he punched her in the face. She fell down onto the bed, and he grabbed a roll of duct tape, ordered her to lay on her stomach, and proceeded to tape her wrists and legs together. The girl said he then punched her with a closed fist 15 to 20 times in the head, back, stomach, legs and chest. He then threw her onto the floor and told her not to move. When she did move, he punched her two more times, threatened to punch her more, and then gave her a pillow and told her to sleep on the floor "like a dog does." 

When Hubble fell asleep, the girl freed her wrists and legs using a pair of scissors, snuck out of the house and fled on foot. He later spotted her while driving, sped through the Ormond Mall parking lot on Ocean Shore Boulevard and caught up to her in a backyard. He grabbed her by the hair and slammed her on the ground. The girl screamed for help until a bystander called the police. 

The girl told deputies that she was afraid of Hubble because he beats her on occasion. 

When officers spoke with Hubble, he said the girl punched and kicked him, and he put zip ties on her wrists and taped her legs because "she kept trying to run out the door." He also claimed that her brusies were from surfing and not abuse. 

One witness observed Hubble holding the girl, and said she was not struggling. Another witness said he saw the man on top of the girl with a woman's bra in his hand. That witness ordered him to get off of her and tried to seperate them, but Hubble put the girl into the car right before police arrived. 

Hubble was arrested for felony child abuse. 

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