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Deputies: Dunedin Man Chokes Woman, Holds her Captive

Mark Anthony Newman, 45, is accused of hitting and strangling a woman, and then holding her captive, according to Pinellas County Sheriff's arrest records. The woman was able to escape when the man used the restroom, authorities report.

A Dunedin man allegedly punched and strangled a woman, then held her captive until she escaped, authorities report.

Mark Anthony Newman, 45, of the 1300 block of Killie Court, was arrested early Tuesday, Jan. 15, and charged with multiple felonies.

Newman, a Coca-Cola employee, was under the influence of alcohol when he allegedly threw a 20-pound wooden butcher's block at a woman during an argument that turned violent shortly before 3 a.m., Pinellas County Sheriff's arrest records report.

When the woman attempted to leave the house, Newman reportedly grabbed her neck, choking her for about 45 seconds against the kitchen wall and telling her that he was going to kill her, according to arrest records. Newman then allegedly punched the woman in the face multiple times.

When the woman attempted to escape from a bedroom window, Newman is alleged to have physically restrained her. He told her, "you're not going anywhere," arrest records say.

The woman attempted to leave several minutes later, and he again restrained her, punching her in the eye and holding her inside the household against her will, according to arrest records.

The woman was able to escape two hours later while Newman used the bathroom.

She suffered a black eye with swelling, a red swollen nose and red swelling around the neck and upper chest, arrest records say.

Newman was arrested and charged with felony false imprisonment, felony battery by strangulation and felony aggravated domestic assault. 

Newman is in custody at Pinellas County Jail. He is awaiting trial without bond, according to arrest records. 

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Debbie January 26, 2013 at 12:26 AM
I have known this man for a very long time. He has spend long weekends at my house before he married. These accusations are outrageous and sickening. I find them very hard to believe as I have never seen this man "act out" when he is upset or angry. He is always the guy that tries to difuse a bad situation. I am praying that the truth comes out and that this online paper takes the time to print that truth when the information becomes available.
Debbie January 26, 2013 at 08:08 PM
To clarify, he is a family friend. After all day bbq and all night fishing with my hubby, sometimes he would crash on the couch. The above post may have come across and something other than family friend. 20 years is a long time to get to know someone that is a true friend, not just an aquaintance.
Patti January 30, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I have know this man over 25 years as a dear friend and family. Mark has never acted out like this. Mark is a gental giant always open his door to me. This is a frame and how dare you print his work place. When this is all said and done I want his name cleared of this trash.Mark is a true friend!!!!

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