Tavernier man accused of busting into home, hitting ex-girlfriend, breaking things

A Tavernier man was arrested Sunday night, charged with forcing his way in to a Tavernier home, breaking things and hitting an ex-girlfriend in the face.

Stephen Shea, 52, felony burglary and battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says he was booked into jail but Tuesday, he was not listed as an inmate and there was no release information available.

Deputy Becky Herrin said Deputy Thomas Amador was called Kahiki Drive home at 8 p.m. When he arrived, a woman visiting the residence told him forced his way inside and ransacked the kitchen. Shea is reportedly the ex-boyfriend of the woman who owns the home.

The woman who was visiting told Amador that Shea was angry at her for visiting his ex-girlfriend, so he hit her with his elbow and punched her in the face, Herrin said.

Among the alleged damage he caused: Knocking the laundry room door off. Several hours later, Shea was found at his home in the area of mile marker 85.