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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Elderly Silver Springs man accused of choking woman, hanging up 911 call

A 72-year-old Silver Springs man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after he was accused of choking a woman and grabbing her cellphone while she was speaking with a 911 operator.

On Sunday, an MCSO corporal responded to a local residence in reference to a domestic battery incident. Upon arrival, the corporal made contact with the female victim who advised that William J. Garfield had become angry when she cooked him the wrong food item for lunch.

William J. Garfield
William J. Garfield

According to the victim, Garfield began to yell at her about the food, and then he accused her of coming home late the day before. The victim then stated that Garfield grabbed her by the throat and proceeded to choke her.

Once the victim was able to “get free” from Garfield, she stated that Garfield began to hit her on the arm and swing at her. She told the corporal that she grabbed her purse, cellphone, and car keys, and she entered her vehicle to call 911.

The victim advised that while she was on the phone with the 911 operator, Garfield used a second set of keys to enter the vehicle. He then allegedly grabbed the victim’s cellphone from her hand and hung up on the 911 operator.

The victim alleged that Garfield told her that he would “kill her” if he got arrested. She then advised that Garfield hid her cellphone and purse from her. An MCSO deputy later located the victim’s purse and cellphone inside a nearby shed.

In the MCSO report, the corporal noted that the victim had a small red mark on the side of her neck and a red mark on her left arm where she claimed to have been struck by Garfield.

The corporal made contact with Garfield who admitted that he had taken the cellphone from the victim. After being read his Miranda rights, Garfield stated that he did not want to answer any questions.

Garfield was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $7,500 bond. He is facing felony charges for committing domestic battery by strangulation and hindering, delaying, or preventing the communication of an offense to a law enforcement officer.

Garfield is also facing a misdemeanor charge for domestic battery.

A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, December 13 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.