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Love goes awry for Morriston man

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$1.25 million bail for suspect with 8 aliases

By The Staff

A Morriston man, who has eight aliases, is in Levy County Jail on a $1.25 million bond accused of more than simply violating the 10th commandment's prohibition on coveting his neighbor's wife. 

Hector Soto, a resident of Ocala Highlands West, was shouting in the road between his and his neighbor's house when the husband and wife went out to confront him shortly after midnight on Monday, according to a Levy County Sheriff's report.

Amale caller to 911 told the operator that he and his wife had been in an argument with the neighbor and he was injured. 

When deputies arrived, the victims said the neighbor struck the husband twice —once in the face and on the back of the head—with the butt of a shotgun before escaping back to his home. 

Soto grabbed the wife, professed his love for her and told her that he wanted her to come to Mexico with him, according to the report. She was able to talk him into releasing her unharmed. As she was running to safety she heard two gunshots fired from the direction of suspect’s home.

Deputies were told Soto returned to his home, but after calling for Soto to come out using an amplified speaker, the deputies got no response. The home was surrounded by deputies from the Patrol, Criminal Investigations and Drug Task Force Units through the night. After daybreak, the deputies entered the property and the home where they found it was empty. 

Investigators later received a tip that Soto had made his way to Marion County. With the assistance of the Ocala Police Department, they located Soto in the Ocala area and took him into custody.

A search warrant for Soto's residence recovered evidence indicating he had been using multiple aliases, one cannabis plant inside the home and a 5.5 foot cannabis plant outside the home. Deputies also recovered a shotgun and two SKS rifles. Sheriff Bobby McCallum said on Tuesday that Soto had eight aliases. 

A search of state arrest records indicated Soto had previously been arrested under the name of Jose Angel Gomez.

Soto, a.k.a. Gomez, was charged with aggravated battery, attempted kidnapping, aggravated assault and cultivation of cannabis. His bond was set at $1.125 million.