Gainesville man choked woman, deputies say

Published: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 25, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Friday after deputies said he choked the mother of his two children after she tried to get him to leave the residence.

Dustin Thomas Murphey Jr., 24, of 4334 S.W. 68th Terrace, and the woman have been in a relationship for about two years, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s report.

The woman said that when she told Murphey to leave, he refused. When she told him she wanted her cellphone back to call 911, he said he was leaving.

Instead, Murphey wrapped his arms around her, knocking them both to the ground. Since he landed on top of her, she said she tried to push him off with her knees and feet, and he hit her in the face, according to the report.

At one point, Murphey choked her, but she got away, the report said.

Deputies arrested Murphey away from the home on a charge of domestic battery by strangulation. He was being held on Monday at the Alachua County jail on $15,000 bond.

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