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New Port Richey man accused of kidnapping, strangling woman

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 36-year-old man is accused of holding a woman against her will for several hours last weekend, repeatedly strangling her throughout the ordeal.

Malcolm Sweat called the victim, who has a domestic violence injunction against him, and told the 29-year-old woman he had lung cancer and begged to see her, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said. The woman felt bad for him and met him for dinner Friday night, the report states.

Later, at his house, Sweat refused to let her leave and put his hand over her mouth and nose, authorities said. The woman lost consciousness. During the next several hours, the woman said, she would wake up, scream and kick and try to get away, then Sweat would cover her face and she'd pass out.

She got away at one point and crawled out a second-story window onto the roof, the report says. Sweat followed her and carried her back inside the house, authorities said. On Saturday morning, Sweat let her go, the victim told investigators.

Sweat, of 7400 Newburns Place in New Port Richey, was arrested Tuesday and charged with kidnapping, battery by strangulation and violation of a domestic violence injunction. He was held in the Pasco jail in lieu of $105,000 bail.

New Port Richey man accused of kidnapping, strangling woman 07/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:42pm]
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