An argument at a family’s Christmas lunch in Holmes Beach escalated when a man grabbed and squeezed a relative’s throat to stop an argument.
Police arrested Michael Grayson, 50, at his Bradenton residence for domestic battery by strangulation.
Holmes Beach police responded Dec. 25 to the 100 block of 51st Street where the lunch took place minutes after the 2:36 p.m. call and found Grayson had left.
The witness and victim said Grayson threw the male victim through a screen onto the ground, where he hit his head, and family members stepped in to helped the victim.
According to a Holmes Beach police report, the victim had a quarter-size lump on his head and a cut lip.
Manatee County EMS director Jacob Sauer said the 911 callers denied there were injuries and EMS assistance was not requested.
Grayson was transported to the Manatee County jail.
A $15,000 bond was assigned at a first court appearance.
The jail website reports Grayson was released Dec. 26.
His arraignment is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.