Order: Suspect in attack on Jaguars' Kassim Osgood, ex-cheerleader upset at breakup
The ex-cheerleader in the case described him as being suicidal.
Posted: October 5, 2010 - 4:58pm
The ex-boyfriend of a former Roar cheerleader charged in an attack on her and Jaguars wide receiver Kassim Osgood couldn’t handle their breakup and stalked her while threatening to kill himself, according to an April 20 protective order request obtained by the Times-Union.
While the injunction for protection didn’t prevent the Sept. 27 assault that ended with an exchange of gunfire and 20-year-old Julian Bartletto’s arrest, experts say it is better to seek court and police protection than not.
Mackenzie Putnal’s injunction against Bartletto said they had known each other for four years and dated for one before she broke it off in March. She said he was upset about their breakup and had stalked her ever since.
He had “a very bad temper, he is threatening to shoot himself,” Putnal, 19, said in the injunction, adding she was afraid he might shoot her as well.
Bartletto was waiting for her April 15 at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s South Campus where she’s a student and followed her down St. Johns Bluff Road, the injunction said.
“He tried to run me off the road by swerving his vehicle into my vehicle, cutting in front of me and slamming on his brakes,” according to the document. He “then blocked my vehicle, yelling that he was going to kill himself.”
Bartletto was involuntarily committed for mental observation after that, but Putnal saw him again in the college parking lot April 19, the document said.
Despite a judge granting Putnal’s request that Bartletto stay away from her, violence escalated five months later in her Fort Caroline Road family home.
Putnal and Osgood, 30, were watching television in a second-floor room late Sept. 27 when they said Bartletto walked in and pointed a gun at them. Putnal was pulled around by her hair, and both she and Osgood were pistol-whipped, the arrest report said.
She was eventually able to jump to the floor below to seek a gun. While she was being chased, Osgood jumped out a window and called police from a neighbor’s home, the report said. Bartletto and Putnal shot at each other back in her home, but no one was hit. Bartletto was arrested at his home later.
Putnal, who’s no longer listed on the Roar roster, and her family had no comment on the incident or injunction.
But any injunction allows a victim to have better police protection from a violent spouse or lover, said Ellen Siler, chief executive officer of Hubbard House, a domestic violence shelter in Jacksonville.
“If he is stalking or threatening to kill himself, that is very dangerous behavior and an injunction can be a very valuable piece of protection,” she said. “It will not stop a bullet, obviously. Get the injunction, but you also need a plan for your safety.”
Bartletto, of the 10500 block of Running Oak Court, remains in the Duval County jail on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, armed robbery, burglary and violation of the injunction.
Declared indigent in court Sept. 30, an assistant public defender has been assigned to his case, according to court records. The assistant public defender said she couldn’t comment on the case, nor would the attorney who helped file Putnal’s injunction.
The best evidence that injunctions help comes from a review of every domestic violence homicide since 1996, said Siler, a member of the Duval County Local Mortality Review Team. Only 13 of the 151 murder victims had injunctions, she said.
“If someone cares about the consequence of their behavior, if it matters that they could get arrested, an injunction could be good,” Siler said. “If they [the abusers] no longer care what happens to them, then it is just a piece of paper.”
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.