On Dec. 28, 2023, deputies from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding domestic battery at a residence on Tarrytown Drive in Spring Hill.
Deputy J. Escoda, a school resource deputy working patrol while school is out of session, responded to the call and made contact with the male victim. The victim informed police that his 69-year-old live-in boyfriend, Jack Gaskins Jr., struck him in the back of the head with his hand during an argument. The victim also told police Gaskins had previously been arrested on Dec. 17, 2023, for domestic battery against the victim’s adult son. Because of Gaskins’ previous arrest, the court issued a no-contact order for the son of the victim, who also lives in the home.
During questioning, Gaskins attempted to flee the scene by foot. However, deputies quickly located Gaskins and brought him back to the residence, where he was made aware of the no-contact order.
Gaskins told police he was originally invited by the victim to stay and eat. While in the house, Gaskins then became involved in an argument with the victim over finances, which was when he flicked the victim on the back of the head.
Gaskins was arrested on charges of domestic battery and violation of a pre-trial release. He was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center, where he is being held with no bond.