Florida incoming freshman Justin Watkins has been suspended from team activities after being arrested for the second time this offseason, according to records from Alachua County and The Tampa Bay Times.
Watkins is presently in custody facing four charges, including a pair of third-degree felonies for domestic battery by strangulation and kidnapping-false imprisonment of an adult. His bond was set then at $40,000.
Watkins' girlfriend allegedly maced him in order to exit the room.
The report goes on to say Watkins choked the woman multiple times while continuing to pin her down on the bed.
According to a University of Florida Police Department arrest report, Watkins intentionally struck the victim, with whom he had been in a relationship with since December, with an open and closed fist while holding her down on a bed on July 20.
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She said, "I want to leave", and, "Get out of the way", the report says. Watkins, who knew the victim had asthma, "repeated to block the airway twice more for period of approximately 8 seconds", the report states.
Police say he confined her to the room by standing in the doorway and blocking the exit. It's alleged in that incident that a verbal argument between Watkins and an unidentified female turned violent as Watkins shattered the woman's cellphone, kicked her vehicle and attempted to let the air out of her tires. He then followed the woman to Vanguard High School and was charged with trespassing.
On Monday, the alleged victim filed a report with UPD, where photographs taken by investigators of the alleged victim's injuries were consistent with her description of the incident. He then followed her to her school, Ocala's Vanguard High, and kicked her vehicle multiple times and tried to flatten one of her tires, according to the police report.
Watkins arrived on campus this summer as part of Dan Mullen's first class at Florida.
Watkins recently enrolled in classes at UF.