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Man puts girlfriend in chokehold after calling her a ‘worthless piece of (expletive)’, police say

The Ocala Police Department arrested a 32-year-old man after his girlfriend accused him of verbally abusing and choking her inside of a local apartment.

On Friday, May 12, shortly before 11:45 p.m., an OPD officer responded to an apartment complex located in the 4000 block of NW Blitchton Road in reference to a 911 call. The arrest report stated that the female caller had contacted 911 several times and kept stating “help me.”

Upon arrival at the apartment complex, the officer observed the female victim near the office, and she was “crying hysterically.” The officer made contact with the victim, and she stated that her boyfriend, Derrick Jarvarious Taylor, had abused and strangled her, according to the OPD report.

Derrick Jarvarious Taylor
Derrick Jarvarious Taylor

The victim advised that she was lying in bed with Taylor when she tried to “give him attention,” and he responded by “copping an attitude.” She stated that Taylor then called her “worthless,” a “piece of (expletive),” and he told her that she needs to “get a job,” according to the victim’s statement in the report.

The victim further advised that Taylor balled up his fists, became increasingly more aggressive, and got close to her face while yelling at her. She told the officer that she attempted to push Taylor away, and he allegedly used his right arm to put her in a chokehold. During the incident, she stated that she was unable to breathe, according to the OPD report.

The officer noted in the report that there were red marks around the victim’s neck and chest. She informed the officer that she had scratched Taylor while attempting to get out of the chokehold.

After the incident, the victim stated that Taylor threw her out of the back sliding door, which was open at the time, and he began breaking items inside the apartment. The victim told the officer that Taylor then wrapped a chain around his fists and acted as though he was going to strike her with it, according to the OPD report.

The victim stated that she was crying outside for around an hour after the incident. She also yelled for help and stated that she eventually made contact with a security guard near the front of the apartment complex.

Several OPD officers located Taylor and made contact with him. The OPD report stated that he had scratches on his upper chest and on the back of his right shoulder, which appeared to be defensive wounds that were created by the victim.

Taylor was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. While at the jail, he made a statement that he “knew he messed up,” and he mentioned that he did not want to get himself or the victim in trouble, according to the OPD report.

Taylor is currently being held at Marion County Jail on $2,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for committing domestic battery by strangulation.

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