Felon On Probation Allegedly Batters, Strangles Girlfriend

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If your mother ever told you not to date a felon, just read the arrest report for Byron McCollum, accused of strangling his girlfriend who allegedly reached out to McCollum’s parole officer. McCollum is on federal probation for robbery.

From the police report:

At approximately 1200 hours, tensions escalated at the couple’s residence in the city of Boca Raton. According to the victim, McCollum found his parole officer’s number on her phone. He grew enraged at this discover and began to strangle (his girlfriend) while stating that he was going to “beat her to death.” The girlfriend advised this occurred near the bathroom in the front of their home. The girlfriend advised he had both hands around her neck to the point where she could not breathe. She estimate that McCollum strangled her for several seconds. (Please note that upon initial contact, I saw extensive redness throughout the circumference of her throat). The girlfriend advised the strangling by McCollum caused her to urinate in her shorts. Throughout the struggle McCollum yelled and questioned her about her conversation with the parole officer. Intermittently, McCollum smacked and punched her in the forehead.

McCollum allowed the girlfriend to change her shorts and advised that he needed to go to the bank to take out money to give to a friend. The girlfriend advised that McCollum even held her arm while she changed for fear that she may run out of the home. She did not want to go anywhere with McCollum. However, McCollum produced a black spring loaded flip knife and advised (as he brought the weapon toward her side) that if she screams or attempts to run away, “so help him!”

The police report continues:

At approximately 1615 hours, they arrived at the Chase Bank located at 3901 North Federal Highway. According to the victim, they were standing at the ATM when she felt a brief opportunity to run. She ran south along the walkway, through the hedges, and jumped off the raised, 3 foot ledge. McCollum pursued her, but was unable to land successfully on the pavement below. She advised that McCollum was screaming for her. She turned to look and saw him bleeding profusely from his face. She continued to run to Crown Liquors where she called for assistance.

Police searched for McCollum, found a significant amount of blood, and determined he must have been seriously injured. Turns out they were right. He was found at Delray Medical Center where he claimed the girlfriend threw a brick at him near the ATM. Police, however, found no bricks near the bank.

McCollum is now charged with simple battery, felony battery-domestic strangulation, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

His parole officer is also expected to to file new charges against McCollum.

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