VENICE- On Tuesday, Venice Police received reports about a domestic battery around 10:23 p.m on Elaine Street.

According to the report when Police arrived, they noticed the female victim with injuries to her face.

She claims her husband, 49-year-old Melvin Dewayne Williamson, hit her with a Tervis Tumbler.

The officer gained access to the home to find Williamson, but he fled the scene.

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office provided K-9 units and VPD used Air One to locate the suspect but were unable to find him.

About four hours later around 2:32 a.m. Police spotted Williamson and took him into custody without incident.

Then, at 2:38 in the morning, VPD and Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a fire outside the residence on Elaine Street.

The fire was extinguished, clothes were burn on the driveway and the vehicle was engulfed in flames.

Depending on the outcome of the State Fire Marshal’s investigation charges of arson are pending.

Williamson is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and battery.

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Krystel Knowles

Krystel Knowles joined SNN in February of 2016. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in Mass Communications and minors in News Editorial and Telecommunication Production. Krystel is trilingual- fluent in Spanish, English and French (and picked up some Portuguese while studying abroad in Brazil).
Krystel started her career in print journalism. She was a correspondent for the St. Pete Times Newspaper, staff writer for Focus Magazine, and head reporter and photographer for South Tampa community news publication. In 2011, she made the switch from print to broadcast journalism. She has since worked as a photojournalist for Fox 35 in Orlando, and also as a photojournalist/multimedia journalist for ABC action news in Tampa.
Although she was born in Tampa, Krystel moved to New Port Beach, California within a few months. She then spent 8 years in Lima, Peru before moving to Miami, Florida. While living in Peru, Krystel danced at the National School of Ballet and sang in a choir.
Her passion for ballet led Krystel to figure skating in 2015. Her other hobbies include: skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, and traveling.