Autumn Lynn Livingston, 22, told police that she had just picked up Elijah Paul Love, 24, from the Lee County Jail in Fort Myer on Saturday when she claimed Love went crazy.
Livingston said Love first threw her car keys across the parking lot. When Livingston tried to run from the car, she said Love grabbed her by the back of the neck and slammed her into the vehicle.
Livingston got away again, but said Love grabbed her from behind. He then put her in a headlock, police said. He used a hard cast on his left forearm to squeeze her so hard that she was unable to breathe, according to police.
Livingston said she tried to hit Love in the testicles, and he let her go. Livingston then ran to the entrance of the Lee County Courthouse.
Fort Myers police responded after a witness called 911 and said she saw a man dragging a woman through the parking lot.
Livingston told police that she was Love’s girlfriend for the past five months and that they live together.
Love was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation.