A 59-year-old Ocala man was arrested after allegedly strangling a female victim inside of her home.
On Tuesday, October 5, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to an Ocala residence after receiving a report of a recent battery.
According to an MCSO report, the victim had returned home during the afternoon and found Steven Bernard Miller intoxicated outside of the residence.
Miller and the victim allegedly got into a verbal argument in the front yard. The victim states that she asked Miller to leave, and Miller responded by running towards her with a raised fist, stopping within six inches of where she was standing.
The report states that the victim grabbed a children’s toy and threatened to hit Miller, at which point Miller backed away.
According to the victim, Miller entered the residence through the garage. She followed Miller into one of the bedrooms and claims he began packing his belongings. An argument ensued, and the victim alleges that Miller wrapped both of his hands around her throat and pushed her against the bedroom wall, impairing her breathing.
The victim states that Miller released his grip, and she was able to call the police. The report mentions that a witness observed redness around the victim’s neck when she exited the residence.
Miller left the scene prior to the arrival of the deputy. He was arrested and brought to Marion County Jail the following day, October 6, and is currently being held without bond.
Miller faces a felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation and a court date has not been set, according to jail records.