Man arrested for beating woman

A 38-year-old Sarasota man was arrested Tuesday for beating and choking a woman, leaving her covered in bruises with severe injuries all over her body.

Christopher Wesley Lockett was charged with aggravated battery, domestic battery, and tampering with evidence.

The attack occurred on Oct. 29 at a motel on Grassy Key. Lockett began slapping and punching the 40-year-old victim with a closed fist. He choked her until she lost consciousness with a belt and necklace multiple times. Lockett told the woman he was going to kill her.

The victim suffered injuries to her eyes, a broken nose and injuries to her brain. She was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon and then to Kendal Regional Medical Center in Miami.

Lockett attempted to clean up the crime scene before the Sheriff’s Office arrived.

Warrants were obtained for his arrest.

He was arrested Tuesday by law enforcement in Sarasota.

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