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Man punches woman in face, chokes her after argument turns physical, deputies say

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 31-year-old Ocala man after a woman claimed that he shoved her, punched her in the face, and choked her during an argument that turned physical inside a local residence.

On Saturday, May 27, an MCSO deputy made contact with the female victim at an unspecified location in Ocala. The victim advised that she had gotten into a verbal altercation with Alex Thomas Dobbins, according to the arrest report.

Alex Thomas Dobbins
Alex Thomas Dobbins

The victim told the deputy that the argument escalated, and Dobbins punched her in the face. She then claimed that Dobbins grabbed her neck and choked her for approximately three seconds. She stated that she was unsure if she lost consciousness during the attack, according to the MCSO report.

The deputy noted in the report that the victim had numerous injuries, including a large red mark on her neck and another red mark on her face. Additional red marks were also observed on the victim’s feet, hands, collarbone region, and biceps.

The victim advised that the red mark on her face was from when she was struck by Dobbins. She also stated that she was “shoved around” by Dobbins, and the deputy noted that the red marks on the victim’s body were consistent with her statement.

The deputy made contact with Dobbins over the phone, and he agreed to meet the deputy at the Walmart located at 34 Bahia Avenue in Ocala. Upon arrival at the Walmart, Dobbins approached the deputy and stated, “Just take me to jail,” according to the MCSO report.

After being read his Miranda rights, Dobbins denied the victim’s allegations and requested an attorney. He was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $3,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for committing domestic battery by strangulation and a misdemeanor charge for battery causing bodily harm.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, according to jail records.