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Man on probation arrested for choking woman, breaking rear window of patrol car

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Brandon Amari Cutler, 21, who is on drug offender probation, was arrested early this morning and charged with domestic battery by strangulation and criminal mischief.

Cutler allegedly hit a woman in the head and face multiple times with unknown objects, then choked her. The victim’s injuries, which included two black eyes, ruptured blood vessels in both eyes, and numerous bruises, were consistent with her account.

Post Miranda, Cutler reportedly said he was arguing with his father and that the victim was trying to separate them, but accounts from both the victim and a witness reportedly indicated that his father was not there.

In a search incident to arrest, the officer reportedly found 0.9 grams of marijuana and three Xanax pills.

The responding Gainesville Police Department officer reported that it took three officers to place Cutler in handcuffs and that after being placed in the patrol car, Cutler kicked the back windshield, causing the glass to crack in numerous places. He also reportedly broke the interior light.

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Cutler is on probation from a 2020 case in which adjudication was withheld on a felony marijuana possession charge and a misdemeanor drug equipment possession charge. He was sentenced to one year of drug offender probation in December of 2021 and is required to abstain completely from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs.

Cutler has been charged with domestic battery by strangulation, property damage over $1,000, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and resisting arrest without violence. He is being held on $95,000 bond on the new charges and without bond on the probation violation charge.

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. 

    • Don’t you know that our State Attorney will always choose to charge lesser penalties for some of our privileged citizens.

  • Should have put him in the backseat with a K-9. I hear they have a way of promoting the spirit of cooperation.

  • Incarceration is the only thing that works. I’m for expanding the jail so we can house more felons and for a longer period of time. “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”.

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