When a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at Michael Jason Jozefek’s property at 12 Rippling Brook Drive in Palm Coast Wednesday evening, he heard two people arguing and what sounded like one striking the other. Someone had called 911 about an ongoing incident at the address, where the caller said someone was screaming, and a white man holding a child was hitting a woman.
The man the deputy saw was Jozefek, 37, whom he immediately separated from Courtney Quinn, 29, and “safely secure,” which usually means handcuffing and detention in a patrol car.
Quinn told the deputy that she’d been in an argument with Jozefek, her ex-boyfriend and father of her child. They had been together for five years. She’d gone to Jozefek’s house to drop off her child when the pair started arguing about who she was hanging out with, and he told her to get her “nigger ass” out of his house, according to his arrest report. (Both are white.)
While Quinn was leaving through the garage, she said Jozefek followed her as he held their son in his arms and told her he should kick her in the stomach, “which he subsequently did with his left foot while the child was still in his arms.” Quinn said the kick felled her. As she tried to get up while attempting to call 911 on her cell phone, she claims Jozefek grabbed the phone and threw it on the ground, breaking it, disabling her ability to call cops, she said. She then got in her car to drive off, but then Jozefek “reached into her open driver’s side window and grabbed her neck with his left hand, causing her to have trouble breathing for a few seconds.” When she was able to get his arm away, “he smacked her with an open hand across her face.”
It was then that a deputy arrived at the scene. The deputy noted the red marks around Quinn’s neck and numerous scratches on her legs, which she said were caused when she fell after being kicked in the stomach. One neighbor said she witnessed a man kicking and punching a woman while holding a child in his arms, and hearing a woman scream, “stop hitting me” and “you are hurting me.” Another neighbor also corroborated the claim of Jozefek kicking Quinn and causing her to fall, and later punching her.
Jozefek had a felony battery conviction on his record, a fact that became material with what happened next: another deputy had secured a search warrant for the house, and during the search located a .22 caliber handgun (with one round in the chamber and an empty magazine). The gun was under the nightstand on the right side of Jozefek’s bed, according to his arrest report. The search also produced various illegal drugs. Jozefek had a previous conviction, in 2004, on a third-degree drug felony charge. He has been arrested numerous times since. (Quinn has had several arrests since 2008, when adjudication was withheld on a disorderly conduct charge, a battery charge was dropped in 2012, and she pleaded no contest to a battery charge last year, then violated probation earlier this year.)
Jozefek was jailed on eight charges Wednesday, seven of them third and second degree felonies, including three drug charges, two weapons charges, two battery charges and tampering with a witness. Bond was set at $29,000. Jozefek remained in jail Thursday. His felony arraignment before Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman is scheduled for July 12.