Leesburg, FL (January 28, 2019) – This past week, one witness called the police in Leesburg after they saw a man strangling a woman outside of a guest room at a local hotel. Police arrived at the scene at 1115 West North Boulevard at the Rodeway Inn, which is where they made contact with the suspect, 57-year-old James Lowery Arthur.
When officers made contact with Arthur, they found that he had small amounts of blood on his hands, so they quickly detained him. When officers went into Room 217 and made contact with the woman, she seemed visibly distraught but declined treatment from EMS. She told officers that she and Arthur had been arguing over an incident that happened earlier in the evening.
Arthur suddenly punched her in the face and choked her until she wasn’t able to breathe. Her nose started to bleed and she was coughing up blood. The woman also had swelling under her left eye and blood in her nostrils.
The witness said that he tried to confront Arthur when he saw him strangling the woman, but Arthur took a fighting stance and tried to punch him in the face. He only grazed the witness’ chin.
When police took a closer look at video surveillance, they found Arthur throwing a punch at the woman and grabbing her by the neck to pull her back into the hotel room.
Arthur has since been charged with domestic battery by strangulation, battery, and assault on a police officer.
Leesburg Domestic Battery Laws
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