[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 06/03/20]
GROVELAND, Florida — A Groveland man upset at a teenage boy for allegedly threatening his daughter is accused of confronting the boy and choking him at a neighborhood park.
Groveland Police responded to Sparrow Hawk Drive shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday and met with a 14-year-old boy who told police he had been arguing with a female peer on the phone about rumors online. He said he was at a nearby park with friends when a man, later identified as Carlos Alberto Aguiluz, 36, approached him, pointing his finger and yelling, according to an arrest affidavit. The boy said Aguiluz then grabbed his throat with both hands and squeezed. Aguiluz stopped after a few seconds and left the park; the teenager told police he was afraid he was going to die.
Numerous witnesses told police they saw the incident and provided sworn, written statements, according to the affidavit. Police went to Aguiluz’ home and he said his daughter told him the boy was threatening her and told her he was going to leave the park and come to her home. Aguiluz then went to the park and confronted the boy and pushed him, but did not strangle him, he told police.
Due to red marks on the boy’s neck indicating he had been strangled, Aguiluz was taken into custody and charged with child abuse and felony battery by strangulation. He was released from the Lake County Jail on $4,000 bond.
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