Gainesville man arrested after allegedly choking woman and holding gun to her head


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – John Francis Schmitt, Jr., 38, was arrested yesterday following a Monday night incident in which he allegedly choked a woman, held a gun to her head, kept her from leaving the residence, and took her phone to prevent her from calling for help.

The incident began when Schmitt and the victim got into a verbal dispute that turned physical and lasted for several hours. The victim told an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy that Schmitt pinned her against the wall and choked her until she lost consciousness. The deputy wrote that the victim had a hard time speaking because of the injuries to her throat.

The victim also reportedly said that she tried to leave twice during the fight and ran down the road, screaming for help, while Schmitt chased her and then dragged her back inside by her hair. She said that after the second time he brought her back, he held a 9mm handgun to her head and said he would kill her if she tried to leave again.

The victim reportedly said that at that point, she told Schmitt there were video cameras inside the residence that captured the events and that he then took her phone and unplugged all of the WiFi access in the residence in an attempt to deny law enforcement access to the video footage. However, the deputy reported that video images were recovered, including one showing Schmitt standing over the victim while she appeared to be on the ground screaming.

Post Miranda, Schmitt reportedly admitted to grabbing the victim but denied all the other allegations.

Schmitt has been charged with domestic battery by strangulation, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, kidnapping with bodily harm, and obstructing justice by depriving the victim of the means to call for help. He is being held on $90,000 bail.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • just 90K for an extended domestic battery, including a firearm? What does this say to other potential abusers and victims?

  • So he didn’t live there, didn’t know about the cams? Was he a date or home invader?

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