Police: Man facing felony after choking girlfriend


Published: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.

A Gainesville man is facing a felony count of domestic battery by strangulation after police say he tried to choke his girlfriend while she fled during an angry tirade.

Travis W. Minix, 34, was arrested Tuesday night in the 4000 block of Southwest 37th Street. Minix had arrived home that night at a nearby apartment he shared with his girlfriend, the Gainesville Police Department reported, and was "extremely intoxicated." When his girlfriend asked for her change from money she had given him, Minix threw the money at her, striking her in several places with the coins, police said.

The girlfriend then left the apartment, with Minix in pursuit, police said. Minix grabbed her by the neck as she reached the driveway and began to squeeze with both hands, making it almost impossible for her to breathe, police said.

The woman was able to free herself and ran toward a nearby house. Minix caught her and ripped her shirt off, police said, after which he fell and she ran to the house and was let in by the resident.

After his arrest, Minix was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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