Holmes Beach man arrested on felony battery

A 69-year-old Holmes Beach man faces a felony domestic battery by strangulation charge after being arrested Nov. 27 at his residence in the 6800 block of Marina Drive.

According to court records, Ronald Scharff has a history of domestic violence arrests dating back to 2010.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Scharff and the victim dated for a couple of years, and recently were wed. Police responded to a 911 call made by the victim while she hid under the bed, alleging he attacked her.

The victim told police that Scharff punched her in the face, choked her, dropped her to the ground and kicked her.

She alleges that she briefly passed out from Scharff choking her, but regained consciousness when he punched her in the back. It was at that point, she was able to crawl under the bed and call 911.

Police arrived to hear Scharff yelling at the victim. Officers observed marks on the victim that included scrapes, bruising and what appeared to be a hand print on the victim’s arm.

Scharff was placed into custody and booked into the Manatee County jail on the felony strangulation charge. As of press time, no bond had been set and Scharff remained in custody.

According to a state’s attorney questionnaire, the victim reports Scharff held a gun to her head two years ago and has repeatedly threatened her by “putting her in the drink,” while pointing to the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to the alleged attack, the victim states that Scharff told her throughout the day he was sharpening his knives.

Scharff was scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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