Ex-Marine arrested, accused of beating girlfriend

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.

A former Marine diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder was arrested on multiple charges Thursday night stemming from the alleged beating of his girlfriend, according to Gainesville police.

Joshua Williams, 25, of 1601 SW 51st Terrace, was charged with domestic aggravated assault, domestic battery by strangulation, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and maintaining a drug dwelling.

The incident began about 7:45 p.m. at the couple’s Cabana Beach apartment. The Gainesville Police Department arrest report states that Williams repeatedly punched his girlfriend in the face and all over her body in an assault that lasted on and off for an hour.

At one point, the woman told police, Williams got his semiautomatic handgun, loaded it and pointed it at her while saying he would kill her.

Police reported that the woman escaped and went to McAlister’s Deli off Archer Road, where she works, and told a co-worker about the attack. While hiding out there, the woman received text messages from Williams stating he was in the parking lot and was going to kill himself.

Williams eventually left the area. Officers found him in the Cabana Beach parking lot and saw the handgun in plain view on the floorboard. A military-style rifle, 267 grams of marijuana packaged in vacuum-sealed bags and $1,655 in cash also were found.

Under police questioning, Williams admitted placing the woman in a choke hold and elbowing her in the eye but said they were wrestling, the report states. He admitted loading the handgun in front of her and told police he was selling marijuana to make money because he had been unemployed for about four weeks, the report states.

After his arrest, Williams was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of $190,000 bond.

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