An Ocala man is accused of punching a woman recently, strangling her one day and holding her in a vehicle against her will the next day.
Jean Luis Malave Malave Colon, 22, was charged with domestic battery by strangulation and kidnapping/false imprisonment. Malave Colon’s latest arrest comes nearly a year after he was charged in March 2019 with slapping his girlfriend because she insulted his mother.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that Malave Colon went through her phone on Sunday while they were in West Palm Beach. She said he became upset and started hitting her, leaving her with a black eye. The deputy observed what appeared to be a black eye on the left side of the victim’s face, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim said they arrived at the incident location on Monday and Malave Colon became upset again. She said he choked her to the point where she couldn’t breathe and almost passed out. The deputy observed bruising on the left side of her neck, the report said.
The victim said she told Malave Colon on Tuesday that she wanted to go back to West Palm Beach. She said Malave Colon didn’t want her to keep the car, so he told her he would drive her. The victim said she got into the car but changed her mind about going, and when she tried to get out vehicle, Malave Colon pulled her back in by her arm and wouldn’t let her go, according to the report.
Surveillance footage from the incident location shows the passenger car door opening near the entrance but nobody getting out of the car. The video then shows the vehicle leaving. The victim said Malave Colon prevented her from getting out of the car by grabbing her arm and not stopping the vehicle, the report said.
The victim said she tried to get out of the car multiple times within the 20-minute drive from the incident location to Sumter County. She said Malave Colon finally let her out near the intersection of South Highway 475 and Highway 44, according to the report.
Malave Colon said he didn’t let the victim out of the car because it was moving. Asked why he didn’t stop the car and then let her out, he said he wanted to take her somewhere and leave her as payback. Malave Colon denied choking the victim and said the bruises on her neck are hickeys, the report said.