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Man arrested for abusing girlfriend

— A 32-year-old Sebring man was booked Wednesday after his live-in girlfriend reported he became violent, accused her of having sex with a neighbor, threatened to kill her and held a knife to her throat.

Deputy John Garrison said the victim was invited to the kitchen for coffee. She said that Elliot Christopher Smith, who appeared to be high on drugs, then grabbed her by the neck, face and throat, lifted her off the ground and repeated over and over, “You’re going to die tonight b----.” She heard a pocket knife opening and felt the blade against her neck.

The alleged aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and kidnapping continued for nearly three hours, and Smith repeated that she would die after they finished drinking coffee. After her daughter called, the victim was asked to pick up her children.

She and Smith did, and 10 hours later he allowed her to leave the residence. That’s when she called 911, the report stated.

Although she did not want to pursue charges against Smith because she feared for her life, the deputy completed a domestic violence report anyway. Smith ran out the back door when three deputies and a canine came to arrest him, the report said.