An Ocala man is now behind bars after he was arrested for hitting a woman in the head with a baseball bat.
Deputies responded to the Stage Stop Inn, 5131 E. Silver Springs Blvd., on Friday after a caller stated that a woman may have been dead.
When deputies arrived, they found that a woman had been severely beaten and was lying in a pool of blood on the sidewalk.
The woman was unconscious, but still had a pulse.
The motel security footage showed a man chasing the woman, and when he grabbed her, he slammed her in the back of the head with a baseball bat. When the woman fell to the ground, the suspect, later identified as Chad Paul Anciaux (33), hit the woman five more times in the face and head with the bat until she stopped moving.
Anciaux then fled on foot.
Anciaux was later spotted by a deputy, who got out of the vehicle and became involved in a physical quarrel with him. Anciaux ran and the deputy chased him on foot.
According to reports, Anciaux was lost and taken into custody. He told deputies that he loved the woman and was worried about the child they had together.
The woman suffered a fracture of the face and skull. She is still in critical condition.
Anciaux was charged with attempted first-degree murder and is being held without bail.
He refused to cooperate with deputies during an interview.