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Date of Issue: March 25, 2009

Holmes Beach man arrested for battery

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Daniel Mercak, 33

A Holmes Beach man has been arrested on charges of domestic felony battery against his girlfriend.

According to Holmes Beach Police Officer Stanley House, Daniel Mercak, 33, of the 6200 block Holmes Boulevard, attempted to strangle his girlfriend March 19.

Officers were called to the scene after a neighbor heard “loud yelling and vulgar language coming from inside the residence,” according to the report.

“The witness saw the victim run from the door of the residence and get pushed to the ground by the defendant,” House wrote. “While the victim was on the ground, the defendant got on top of her, pinned her arms down and placed his right hand around the victim’s throat.”

The woman was able to get away and ran to the neighbor’s house. The neighbor had already called police, who reported evidence of bruises on the woman’s neck.

Mercak was charged with felony domestic battery with stangulation and taken to jail.