William K. Young, 21, of Bradenton, was booked into the Manatee County jail Aug. 26 on a charge of felony domestic battery with strangulation.
It was quick thinking by Young’s victim that possibly staved off a more severe situation.
According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit, Young and his girlfriend were at a party on Anna Maria Island. The victim reported she did not like Young’s friends and wanted to leave.
The couple left, but Young allegedly became upset that the victim did not like his friends. They were arguing when they stopped at an island gas station, at which time Young allegedly choked the victim.
The report states the victim remained quiet after the initial assault, but became upset over her boyfriend’s actions as the couple was leaving the island via the Anna Maria Island Bridge on Manatee Avenue.
Young allegedly reached over and put the victim in a chokehold. The victim said Young cut off her ability to breathe and she began to scratch and hit at his face to try and get free, but could not.
According to the report, the victim was able to reach the gearshift and put the vehicle into park, which forced it to lock up and stop.
A passerby witnessed the car screech to a halt and stopped to see what was wrong, at which time Young asked the good Samaritan to call 911.
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded, and Young was arrested on the felony charge and booked into jail on $5,000 bond. He posted bail and was released the following day.
Young was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 21 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.