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A CHARLOTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY RESPONDED TO A CALL AT THE ENGLEWOOD HOSPITAL E R SHORTLY AFTER 3 AM TUESDAY AND FOUND A 42 YEAR OLD FEMALE VICTIM CRYING AND VERY UPSET. SHE HAD SWELLING TO HER FACE AS WELL AS SCRATCHES ON BOTH ARMS AND FEET AND DRIED BLOOD AROUND HER LIPS. SHE TOLD THE DEPUTY THAT SHE HAD BEEN OUT ON JULY 4TH WITH HER EX-BOYFRIEND, THIRTY TWO YEAR OLD TIMOTHY PICKEL AND ANOTHER FRIEND. SHE SAID THE FRIEND DROPPED HER AND PICKEL OFF AT HER RESIDENCE AT AROUND 1:00 AM AND SHE AGREED TO LET PICKEL STAY WITH HER BECAUSE HE NEEDED A PLACE TO STAY WHILE HE WAS DE-TOXING FROM DRUGS. ONCE INSIDE HER HOME, SHE TURNED TO LOCK THE DOOR AND PICKEL GRABBED HER HAIR FROM BEHIND AND THREW HER TO THE FLOOR. SHE LANDED ON HER BACK AND PICKEL SAT ON HER STOMACH AND BEGAN CHOKING HER, ACCUSING HER OF BEING DISRESPECTFUL TO HIM AND TELLING HER HE WAS GOING TO KILL HER. HE THEN DRAGGED HER BY HER HAIR TO HER BEDROOM AND THEN INTO THE BATHROOM WHERE HE TRIED TO SHOVE HER HEAD INTO THE TOILET. HE THEN DRAGGED HER BACK INTO THE BEDROOM WHERE HE CHOKED HER AGAIN AND THEN BEGAN STRIKING HER IN THE FACE. THE VICTIM SAID SHE BELIEVED SHE PASSED OUT AND WHEN SHE CAME TO, PICKEL BEGAN STRIKING HER IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD BEFORE LEAVING. THE VICTIM CRAWLED ON HER KNEES TO THE PHONE AND CALLED THE FRIEND WHO HAD DROPPED HER AND PICKEL OFF AT HER HOME AND ASKED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE HOSPITAL. A BE ON THE LOOKOUT WAS ISSUED FOR PICKEL AND HE WAS LOCATED SHORTLY AFTER 7 PM TUESDAY NIGHT ON SWAYING PALM DRIVE IN PUNTA GORDA. HE WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH BATTERY BY STRANGULATION AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS PICKEL HAS BEEN BOOKED AT THE CHARLOTTE COUNTY JAIL TEN TIMES AND HE IS A CONVICTED FELON. HE WAS RELEASED AFTER POSTING $10,000 BOND