Police: Passerby stops man from beating woman


Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested early Monday after police said he kicked in the door to a woman's southeast Gainesville home and began beating and choking her, according to a report.

A man who heard the disturbance at the woman's apartment pulled the suspect off the victim and held him until police arrived, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Dana Grant, 19, 113 SE 44th St., kicked in the woman's front door around 1 a.m. and started punching her in the head, knocking her to the floor, the report said. He then reportedly began choking her while saying, “I'm going to kill you.''

As the woman tried to call 911, Grant took the phone and broke it, according to the report.

The passerby went into the apartment through the broken door and saw Grant on top of the woman beating her, the report states. He pulled Grant away and restrained him until police arrived.

Police later found a .22-caliber bullet in his shirt pocket, the report said.

Grant was arrested on eight charges: domestic battery by strangulation, assault during burglary, simple battery, simple assault, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, hindering law enforcement and violation of probation.

Grant was being held without bond on Monday at the Alachua County jail.

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