An 18-year-old Dunnellon man was charged with battering and strangling his juvenile girlfriend after her mother reported the incident nearly a month later.
The victim’s mother told Marion County sheriff’s deputies on Monday that her daughter disclosed to her that she had been in a physical altercation with Matthew Seth Arredondo, of 13622 W. 91st Place. The deputies spoke with the daughter, who said she and Arredondo had been in an argument over a dog that turned physical, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim was not sure of the exact date the incident occurred but said it was possibly Dec. 7. She had a small bruise on her upper left arm and a bigger bruise that developed a couple days later. She showed the deputies photos on her cell phone that she took of the injuries, the report said.
The victim also said at one point during the altercation, Arredondo grabbed her by the throat and choked her to the point where she couldn’t breathe. Due to the amount of time since the incident, the victim did not have any fresh injuries. She declined medical treatment, according to the report.
Contacted at his residence, Arredondo said he recalled the incident and said he did get physical with the victim. He said it was only in self defense to get away from her. Arredondo said he pushed her away and she hit the wall, the report said.
Arredondo was charged with simple domestic battery (dating violence) and domestic battery by strangulation. He was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released early Thursday on $200 bond. He’s due to appear in Marion County Court on Feb. 9.