Islamorada – An Islamorada man was arrested early Monday for holding his girlfriend against her will and not allowing her to call for help.
The 47 year old victim told Deputy Patricia Garcia she and 47 year old Randall Weathers are “”on again, off again boyfriend/girlfriend”. She said she invited him over Sunday to stay the night at her residence on South Coconut Palm Boulevard in Islamorada. She said at some point she went to sleep and was awakened when he turned on the light and began to accuse her of seeing other men.
She told Deputy Garcia pushed her down, choked her and, when she tried to call 911 he took both her cell phone and car keys and hid them from her. She said she tried to leave, but he prevented her from leaving. At one point, she was able to find her cell phone and get out of the house. She sent a short text on her cell phone to a male friend. The text just said “Help”.
The friend, who lives nearby, drove to her house and got her. She then called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident, at about 5 a.m.
Weathers was found a short time later at his residence at the 82 mile marker of Old Highway in Islamorada. He was arrested and charged with battery, false imprisonment and obstruction and he was booked into jail.