A 32-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he was accused of pushing a woman against a wall and choking her during an argument over items that she wanted to retrieve from his vehicle.
On Monday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a local residence in reference to a physical disturbance. Upon arrival, the deputy observed Konrad Eugene Eilts standing in the front lawn, and he was detained by the deputy, according to the MCSO report.
The deputy made contact with the female victim. She advised that she had arrived home around the same time as Eilts when an argument ensued. She told the deputy that there are two vehicles owned by Eilts at the residence – one is a work vehicle used by Eilts and the other is used by the victim.
The victim stated that she wanted to remove items from the vehicle that she used on a daily basis, but Eilts refused and attempted to grab the vehicle’s key from her. According to the victim, the key was attached to a belt loop on her pants.
According to the victim, Eilts continued to grab at the key, and she responded by biting Eilts on his left arm in an attempt to make him stop. She claimed that Eilts then pushed her against the wall by her throat and began to “strangle her with both hands,” which briefly restricted her ability to breathe.
The victim stated that her daughter then walked into the house and separated the victim and Eilts. Shortly afterward, the victim entered the bathroom and began to call 911.
The victim told the deputy that Eilts managed to unlock the bathroom door, and he propped his feet in the doorway to keep it slightly open. The victim advised that she removed the vehicle’s key from the key ring, threw it outside the bathroom door, and Eilts retrieved it.
The deputy next spoke with Eilts, and he stated that he had gotten into an argument with the victim over items that she wanted to remove from his vehicle. He stated that he attempted to grab the vehicle’s key from her hand, not her belt loop.
While he was grabbing the key, Eilts stated that the victim bit him, and he claimed that he pushed the victim’s chest until she was against the wall. He confirmed that the victim’s daughter separated him from the victim, and the victim eventually gave him the key when he entered the bathroom.
After being read his Miranda rights, Eilts told the deputy that he did not grab the victim’s throat. He reiterated that he had pushed the victim’s chest.
The deputy spoke with the victim’s daughter who claimed that she had observed the argument between the victim and Eilts. The victim’s daughter stated that she headed to the vehicle to retrieve the victim’s items.
When the victim’s daughter reentered the home, she stated that Eilts had pinned the victim to the wall and was “choking her.” The victim’s daughter claimed that Eilts had his hand around the victim’s neck while he was trying to grab the key.
After speaking with all parties involved, the deputy noted in the MCSO report that Eilts appeared to be the “primary aggressor.” Eilts was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $5,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for committing domestic battery by strangulation.
A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, December 27 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.