(As originally published, Wed, December 20th 2023)
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (TND) — A shopping trip to Walmart over the weekend turned violent for one couple and a man was charged with assault, battery, and more after an argument.
The alleged victim told a Sumter County deputy in Florida, “They went Christmas shopping and drove together in the defendant’s truck to Walmart.”
Details of the disagreement that followed were not included in the arrest report; however, “The victim stated that while inside Walmart, a verbal altercation began, she became frustrated, walked outside, and waited for the defendant by his truck. The victim stated the defendant came out of the store approximately 15 minutes later and they began to head back to the defendant’s residence.”
But, she said, “The defendant did not drive the normal way back to the residence; instead, the defendant took a long way through back roads.”
The ride was unpleasant, to say the least.
“The victim advised the defendant violently grabbed the back of her neck while he was driving to which he violently kept moving her head all over the place.
“The victim stated the defendant grabbed the turtleneck she was wearing on her left side, causing it to continuously press against her neck and making it difficult to breathe.”
She said she told him to stop, but he wouldn’t.
After that, “The defendant proceeded to grab an unholstered firearm from the center console and racked the slide, causing the firearm to load a bullet in the chamber. The victim stated the defendant did not point the gun at her but set the firearm on his lap and stated the only way [someone] would see the victim is in an urn.”
Then, she asked to be let out of the truck. That didn’t happen.
“The victim stated she opened the passenger side of the vehicle to try and get out,” the arrest report said, “but the defendant proceeded to speed up, so she was unable to get out.
“The victim stated she closed the vehicle door, and the defendant stated if she kept messing around, he would kill them both.
“The victim stated in between everything happening, the defendant was continuously grabbing her hair and throwing her head around.”
They finally arrived, but she still couldn’t get away. He parked behind her, and she’d left her keys inside his home.
“As she was attempting to retrieve them, the defendant grabbed the victim by her undershirt and began pushing her backwards.
“The victim stated the defendant then pushed her on the ground and put her in a chokehold from behind, using his right arm, which restricted her normal breathing.”
That’s when two neighbors went outside to see what was happening.
Eventually, the victim got her keys, but, “As she was in her vehicle trying to leave the residence, the defendant was trying to grab the victim through the driver’s side window.
“The victim stated witness 1 and 2 had to pull the defendant away from the window so she could leave.”
Finally, the deputy reported seeing the victim’s face and neck red, “consistent with her statements of being choked during this incident.”
Also, the middle of her chin had “a fresh laceration and her lip to have dried blood coming from it.”
Plus, “I observed the turtleneck sweater she was wearing to be stretched out as well as fresh dirt on her shoes and pants, as if she was dragged on the ground.”
As for the defendant, Steven Anthony Solomon, details in the arrest report were blacked out but one of the witnesses “stated he had to get in between the victim and the defendant to which the defendant was still trying to go towards the victim.”
Solomon, 31, was arrested and taken to jail without incident.
He’s charged with false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, domestic battery by strangulation, and simple battery.