MADEIRA BEACH — Authorities arrested a man they said tried to suffocate his girlfriend with duct tape on New Year's Day.
Brandon Lagodny, 37, has been charged with attempted murder, according to an arrest affidavit.
Lagodny, officials said, overpowered the woman at about 5 p.m. at their home, 107 154th Ave., Apt. 1. Then he held her down and wrapped the tape around her head and mouth, preventing her from breathing, the report said. It also said Lagodny told authorities his girlfriend "deserved it."
"He admitted he'd been planning this for a while," said Sgt. Dave Disano, a spokesman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, which was called to the scene by nearby witnesses.
Paramedics responded as well, Disano said, but he did not know if the woman was hospitalized.
Lagodny was in the Pinellas County Jail without bail on Wednesday.