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Ocklawaha man charged with strangling man over home project

Christopher George Neuber

An Ocklawaha man was arrested after he allegedly strangled a family member during an argument over a home improvement project.

Christopher George Neuber, 48, of Guava Pass Drive, was charged with domestic battery by strangulation and battery (second or subsequent offense) after the incident, which happened shortly before 11 a.m. Sunday.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy he and Neuber were inside the residence when Neuber became irate and started yelling at him. He said he went to his bedroom to de-escalate the situation and Neuber entered the room and came at him in an aggressive manner, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Neuber grabbed him and placed his right arm around his throat region, squeezing to the point of impeding his normal breathing. He said Neuber dragged him across the bed, continuing to choke him. The victim said he was finally able to break away and call law enforcement. The deputy observed red marks on the victim’s throat and dried blood near his nose, the report said.

A witness who was inside the residence said she overheard the victim and Neuber arguing. She said she heard Neuber tell the victim to step outside so they could handle it, and the victim declined and went to his bedroom. The witness said she heard a struggle in the bedroom and when she went in, she saw Neuber on top of the victim with his right arm around his throat, according to the report.

Neuber said he and the victim got into an argument and he became irate when the victim called him derogatory names. He said he went into the victim’s bedroom to confront him about the name-calling and the victim “lunged” at him, so he put him in a “chokehold,” the report said.

A records search revealed Neuber was previously convicted of battery in Marion County in November 1999. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released Monday on $2,000 bond. Neuber will appear in Marion County Jail on Oct. 27.

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