Ocklawaha man admits to strangling man he considers a freeloader

Charles Randolph Frazier

An Ocklawaha man was arrested after he allegedly strangled a man he doesn’t like living in his home.

Charles Randolph Frazier, 58, was charged with committing domestic battery by strangulation after the incident, which happened Wednesday night at his residence on SE 197th Avenue.

The woman who reported the incident told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that the victim is her boyfriend and they live at the residence with Frazier and the victim’s mother. She said Frazier and the victim got into a verbal argument and Frazier pushed the victim, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The witness said the victim put Frazier into a choke hold but then let him go, and Frazier struck the victim twice – once in the mouth and once in the eye. She said the victim’s mother separated them and they stood up and shook hands, the report said.

The victim said he entered the residence and was approached by Frazier, who accused him of stealing. He said Frazier pushed him to the ground and placed both hands around his neck and began to choke him, blocking his airway. The victim said he couldn’t get his breath and began to kick and punch in an effort to get Frazier off him, according to the report.

The victim said he was able to get Frazier off him, only to have him return. He said they began striking each other with Frazier still trying to choke him. He said the victim’s mother separated them and they stood up and shook hands. The deputy observed the victim had a swollen upper lip and redness on both sides of his neck consistent with his account, the report said.

The victim’s mother said she heard a verbal altercation and suddenly, Frazier and the victim were fighting. She said she separated them and told the other witness to call 911, according to the report.

Frazier told the deputy the victim and his girlfriend moved in with him and the victim’s mother about three weeks ago and he was upset about the lack of effort made by the victim around the residence, his refusal to get a job, and his stealing from his mother, the report said.

Frazier said he confronted the victim, which led to a verbal dispute. He said he walked into the kitchen with the victim with his fists raised in a fighting stance. He said the victim tried to tackle him, which led to a physical altercation he couldn’t provide details about. When asked, he admitted he probably had his hands around the victim’s neck, according to the report.

Frazier further said he would not be disrespected in his own home and wanted to pull the victim’s heart out if he could. The deputy observed Frazier had red marks on his left cheek and a superficial scratch to his left forearm, the report said.

Frazier was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Thursday on $250 bond. He’s due to appear in Marion County Court on Nov. 12.