POLICE REPORT: Alleged Boca Strangler Says “I’m Going To Pay For This But I’ll Kill You First”



[Helder Max Souza, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.]

BOCA RATON, FL ( — A Boca Raton man remains in the Palm Beach County Jail after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend in front of her 11 year old son.

While does not traditionally cover domestic battery cases, the affidavit of probable cause in this case is a standout.

Helder Max Souza, according to the police report, said “I am going to pay for this but I’m going to kill you first,” as he got on top of his girlfriend and choked her with both hands. The woman, according to the report, scratched Souza on the neck in self-defense. She broke free, then immediately grabbed her young son and locked themselves in a bathroom.

The police report reveals that the victim was so upset that the 11 year old boy told emergency dispatchers what was happening. “(The child) advised that he spoke to a 9-1-1 operator because this mother was having a hard time speaking.”

Why did Souza allegedly strangle his girlfriend? Here’s what the investigating officer wrote:

“I spoke with Souza who stated that he was upset because he saw text conversations between (his girlfriend) and and another male in her phone. Souza advised that the argument was verbal at first and then at some point became physical (he could not explain how in detail). Souza admitted that he was the first one to get physical. Based on my investigation, I determined that Souza was the primary aggressor. Souza is being charged with domestic battery by strangulation for intentionally choking (the victim) in which she was unable to breathe.”

Souza was booked Ito the Palm Beach County Jail early Monday morning. He is being held without bond as of mid-day Monday.

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