Victim reportedly attacked by ex-boyfriend with their children nearby

Photo: Miguel Castillo

Photo source: Escambia County Jail

A 32-year-old man is accused of choking and hitting his ex-girlfriend. According to an arrest report, one of the victim's children witnessed the incident. She told authorities three young children she shares with the suspect were nearby during the altercation - but did not see what happened.

Deputies arrested Miguel Castillo after responding to a domestic violence call at a home on Besma Drive in Escambia County Thursday morning. According to the arrest report, the victim was preparing her children to leave the home when she saw Castillo walk through the open door.

According to the victim's report to police, she didn't want him there because she was afraid he would hurt her. She told deputies he forced himself into her home as she tried to close the door. Once inside, she said, Castillo started yelling at her. She claims that led to a physical altercation between the two.

Escambia County Sheriff's Office (ECSO) deputies arrived on scene and detained Castillo. In the police report, a deputy noted that he had "bloodshot, watery eyes, was slurring his words when he spoke" and had an "odor of alcohol emanating from his person as he spoke". He denied having any part in the altercation, however, deputies noted they saw abrasions and redness on the victim.

Castillo is being held in the Escambia County Jail under a $20,000 bond on felony charges of domestic battery by strangulation and burglary with assault or battery. He is also being held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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