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Florida man arrested for allegedly choking a Wyoming County woman

VARYSBURG – A 45-year-old Florida man was arrested Thursday by Wyoming County Sheriff’s Sgt. Erik Tamol when the suspect returned to the Thomas Road area where he had allegedly choked a woman during a heated argument early Wednesday.

Randy W. Taft of Chokoloskee, Fla., which is near Naples, was arrested after Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Bryant and Deputy Aaron Chase were sent to the Thomas Road home here about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after reports of a violent dispute.

They found Taft had fled. State Police were called to assist in the search for the suspect. Taft was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and second-degree menacing. He faces further proceedings Dec. 7 in Sheldon Town Court.