Brevard County Man Charged With Battery Domestic by Strangulation

Man arrested on multiple charges in Merritt Island.
Man arrested on multiple charges in Merritt Island.

MELBOURNE – Garrett Hazen Clark, 30, of Merritt Island has been charged with Felony Battery Domestic by Strangulation, Simple Assault Intent Threat To Do Violence Domestic Violence, Battery Domestic Violence.

On January 5, 2019, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Merritt Island in reference to a well-being check that was called in by a family friend of the occupants of the home.

Upon arrival the deputies we greeted by a white male, who was identified by Mr. Clark who was smoking a cigarette and advised them that they should just take him to jail because he is a “piece of sh**.”

When the deputies asked him why he wanted to take him to jail, the defendant advised that he beat and choked his wife after an argument. Mr. Clark appeared to be highly intoxicated and repeatedly stated that he does not deserve her.

Phone contact was made with the victim, who advised she was at her place of business in the city of Melbourne. She provided her recollections of the events that occurred as the following:

The victim advised the defendant returned home after drinking with a friend and began a verbal argument. He then placed his hands around her throat and squeezed his hands together while shouting to her to die.

Clark placed his hands around the victim’s neck two more times, with the final time being while she was on the ground. He then utilized his hands to strike the victim’s head into the ground. The victim attempted to separate herself from the situation by locking herself in the bathroom, at which time the defendant broke the bathroom door and entered the bathroom, according to the affidavit.

The victim locked the defendant out of the residence and gathered her three children. She then drove her three children to her mother-in-law’s residence, where she dropped the children off. The victim then went to her place of business where she waited for deputies, according to the affidavit.

Upon completion of the investigation, it was discovered that the defendant knowingly and intentionally chocked the victim, struck the victim’s head into the ground, and threw a case of glass beer bottles at the victim.

He has no bond.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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