HUDSON — A 37-year-old man is accused of trying to kill his girlfriend early Wednesday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Richard A. Boothby Jr. faces a charge of attempted murder after he tried to kill the woman by slamming her head into the ground several times and covering her mouth and nose while pushing his knee into her neck, deputies said.
"You will never see the light of day again," Boothby said to the woman, a report says.
Boothby is a paramedic for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, the Sheriff's Office said.
The woman told authorities survived by pretending she was dead, then running outside the home she shares with Boothby. The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. at 16036 Kemper Drive.
The woman, whose identity was not released, found two people outside who called 911. She was treated for her injuries at the scene, said sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin.
Deputies reported they pulled over Boothby's vehicle a few minutes later near U.S. 19 and Denton Avenue. Along with attempted murder, Boothby is charged with false imprisonment and tampering with a witness. He was held without bail in the Pasco County Jail.