A 26-year-old Sarasota man was arrested May 6 for felony domestic battery by strangulation, felony tampering with a witness and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Zavian Benson was with his girlfriend in the 300 block of 10th Avenue in Bradenton Beach when a man called the woman’s phone.
Police say Benson accused the woman of cheating on him and placed his forearm against her throat, cutting off her air supply.
When he let go, the woman said she was going to call police, at which time Benson allegedly punched her phone, causing it to break. The phone was valued at $300.
Police were called and officers observed red marks and scratches to the woman’s neck. Benson was taken into custody, booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $8,000 bond.
He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, May 31, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.