A 36-year-old Ocklawaha man was arrested after a female victim accused him of breaking her home’s unlocked front door and strangling her.
On Sunday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a local residence in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the female victim who advised that Derek Shane Harris had grabbed her neck.
According to the victim, Harris had returned to the residence at around 12:30 p.m. from work, and he took a nap until approximately 6 p.m. The victim stated that Harris then woke up and took the dogs outside.
When Harris went outside, the victim stated that he had left the front door open. She advised that she closed the front door but left it unlocked.
The victim told the deputy that Harris approached the unlocked door and broke it to re-enter the home. She stated that Harris then approached her and grabbed her around the neck.
During the incident, she told the deputy that her airflow was restricted, and she had difficulty breathing. After the alleged incident, Harris left the residence.
The deputy noted in the MCSO report that the victim’s voice was raspy during the interview.
Prior to the deputy’s arrival at the incident location, another MCSO deputy located Harris who was traveling in a vehicle near the 800 block of S Highway 314A. The deputy conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and Harris was detained.
The MCSO report indicated that after Harris was read his Miranda rights, he admitted to breaking the front door, though he denied strangling the victim. He claimed that he had no idea how the victim had gotten her injuries.
The deputy noted in the report that the victim’s injuries appeared to be consistent with her statements. Harris was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $2,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for domestic battery by strangulation.
A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, September 6 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.