Man beat, choked, bit girl, 17, police say

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 1:51 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Wednesday after police say he punched, choked and bit his 17-year-old girlfriend to keep her from leaving the home, according to an arrest report.

Lorne Rush Nero, 19, of 1815 NW 20th Way, punched her at least three times, grabbed her by her throat with enough force to prevent breathing, dragged her back inside the house by her hair, slammed her on the ground several times, bit her on the face and prevented her from leaving, according to a Gainesville Police arrest report.

Nero reportedly took the girl's car keys and destroyed her cellphone. She ran through the neighborhood and was eventually picked up by Nero, who was driving her car.

The report states she jumped out of the car because Nero was driving erratically. Nero drove the car into a fire hydrant and left the scene.

Police reported that the girl has various scratches and red marks throughout her body.

Nero was found and arrested later in the day. He had scratches on his chest and arms that police said were consistent with the type of scratches caused by the girl trying to defend herself.

Nero was arrested on charges of domestic battery by strangulation, child abuse, false imprisonment, battery and criminal mischief, the report states.

He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday.

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