BROOKSVILLE - A Brooksville man was arrested Sunday on charges of felony domestic battery strangulation after several witnesses said he hit his live-in girlfriend to the ground, punched her, held her down by her arms, and strangled her.
Kenneth Scott Conklin, 39, was also arrested on charges of probation violation, is being held at the Hernando County Jail without bond.
A Hernando County Sheriff's Office arrest report shows witnesses saw a woman being held to the ground by a man wearing only blue jean cutoffs, later identified as Conklin.
The woman could be heard screaming for the man to let her up and get off of her, the report shows, and after he released her and the woman began walking away, Conklin chased after her by grabbing her arm, threw her to the ground, and got back on top of her.
Another man intervened, the report shows, before Conklin walked off, the report shows. The woman yelled she was calling police, and another woman allowed her into her vehicle for safety.
"I then spoke with (the victim), whose voice was very scratchy," a deputy wrote. "During this time (she) was very shaken up and could not complete a statement form."
The deputy noted a large bruise to the right side of her neck, possibly conducive to a thumb print, and several abrasions to her left shoulder, both hips, and back, the report shows.
Conklin was located at Bayport Street and Fort Dade Avenue where he was taken into custody.
The report shows Conklin told the deputy he took his girlfriend to the ground and held her there for fear she was having a seizure, and provided a sworn written statement.
Conklin was arrested, charged, and taken to Hernando County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Jail records since 2010 show Conklin has been previously arrested on charges of assault with a weapon and probation violation.