A 42-year-old Ocala man was arrested after allegedly using his forearm to strangle a homeless woman inside a tent.
On Saturday, November 13, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the Neighborhood Storage on 3350 W Highway 326 in Ocala in reference to a domestic battery incident.
The deputy spoke with the homeless female victim, and she stated that Chivano Jason Dean was drunk and having a “mental episode.”
According to the victim, Dean woke her up inside the tent at around 3 a.m. when he climbed on top of her and put his forearm across her neck. She stated that she could not breathe.
Dean wanted her to admit that she was having an affair. He allegedly alternated by putting pressure on her neck with his forearm and releasing the pressure so she could talk.
She told the detective that she feared for her life. Her dog ended up biting Dean, which caused him to let go of her, but the zippers to the tent were tied together so she was unable to leave.
The MCSO report stated that Dean kept attempting to grab her, which caused bruises and scratches to her right arm and face.
When she admitted to having an affair, she stated that Dean finally calmed down and asked her to grab a beer for him. After the tent zippers were untied, she ran to a relative’s home and locked the door.
Dean later met her outside the home and allegedly forced her to drive to a location on the 4000 block of W Highway 326. She managed to run away from Dean and called law enforcement.
Dean was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $5,000 bond.
He is facing felony charges for domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment of an adult. A court date has been scheduled on December 14 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.