A 26-year-old Ocala man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after he was accused of pushing a woman to the ground and grabbing her throat for several minutes.
On Saturday, January 7, the female victim contacted MCSO to advise that she had gotten into a physical altercation with John Isaiah Garrett.
The victim told an MCSO deputy that the incident began when she traveled to downtown Ocala with several friends. While in the downtown area, she stated that she ran into Garrett, and he got into an argument with another man that the victim had been talking to, according to the MCSO report.
After Garrett and the other man were separated, the victim stated that Garrett returned to his residence, and the victim went to a friend’s home.
The victim advised that she later returned to Garrett’s residence and walked into the bedroom. She stated that Garrett was laying on the floor in front of the bed, and he began yelling at her when he woke up.
According to the victim, Garrett began to grab and push her in an attempt to get her out of the residence. She claimed that Garrett brought her to the ground, grabbed her throat, and “held her for approximately two minutes.”
The victim told the deputy that Garrett then dragged her out of the residence and threw the keys to her vehicle outside. The deputy noted in the MCSO report that the victim’s arms and throat were bruised, and the victim also complained that her foot was sore from the alleged incident.
Garrett was later located, arrested, and transported to Marion County Jail. He was released on $3,000 bond, and he is facing a felony charge for committing domestic battery by strangulation along with a misdemeanor charge for battery.
A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, according to jail records.