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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Silver Springs man arrested after allegedly choking, detaining victim

A 30-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested after allegedly choking and detaining a female victim.

On Sunday, October 3, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call regarding a domestic battery at a Marion County residence.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a female victim that says that she spent the day with Latrel Griffin and that his mood gradually worsened. The victim says that after a verbal argument, Griffin allegedly threw a cup of liquid at her and she decided to leave.

Silver Springs man arrested after allegedly choking detaining victim
Latrel Griffin

While attempting to collect her belongings from the residence, Griffin allegedly followed the victim around, grabbing her items while yelling at her. Fearing Griffin was going to harm her, the victim called 911.

Griffin then allegedly cornered the victim in the bathroom, grabbed her by the throat, and choked her until she was unable to breathe.

According to the report, the victim says she believed Griffen was attempting to kill her.

After Griffin allegedly released his grip, the victim says she ran to the kitchen to turn up the heat on the stove in an attempt to start a grease fire and draw attention from neighbors.

At that point, Griffin allegedly told the victim she could leave, and when she took her purse and headed toward the front door, he grabbed the back of her collar and pulled her back. A short scuffle ensued before the victim says she was able to run out of the residence as law enforcement arrived.

As deputies arrived at the residence, they observed Griffin near the victim’s vehicle, blocking her in the driver’s seat and not allowing her to close the vehicle door.

Griffin was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail on Sunday. He faces multiple charges, including domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment of an adult.

A records check shows that Griffin has been convicted of battery on at least three separate occasions and has been arrested at least 16 times in Marion County, including four times since 2019. He is being held on $30,000 bond. His next court date is set for Tuesday, November 2 at 9 a.m.