Man accused of terrorizing girlfriend and neighbors with sword
By Jackie Orozco, Reporter
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A man has been arrested, accused of terrorizing his girlfriend and neighbors with a sword.
Jeremy Bryant, 29, is charged with domestic violence, armed kidnapping, attempted second-degree murder, false imprisonment, fleeing and eluding, burglary of structure with assault, burglary of occupied dwelling, and criminal mischief. This stems from an alleged incident on Sunday night, when deputies say he threatened to kill his girlfriend.
"He choked me. I couldn't breathe," said Bryant’s girlfriend Christina Meyer.
She says she's been living a nightmare and has the scars to prove it. She has scrapes all over her back and received multiple stitches on her right arm last night. She says Bryant dragged her from her neighbor’s porch and she was holding on to the door for dear life.
“I got five stitches. It's been ongoing. I'm done,” said Meyer.
Meyer says she's been dating Bryant for nine months. Their relationship ended last month after he was arrested for "aggravated assault on Christina.”
Sunday around 7 p.m. Meyer went back to the house in the 400 block of Story Road in Winter Garden to pick up her things.
"He pulled up and all hell broke loose,” stated Meyer.
According to the arrest affidavit Byrant smashed his neighbor's car, Meyer locked herself inside her neighbor's house, and the boyfriend kicked in the door.
"He pushed me with his chest and I hit a door frame or something and cut my arm,” said the next door neighbor Bill Etheridge.
Etheridge told deputies he grabbed his sword to protect himself but Bryant took it away from him.
“He threw me into the car and drove off with me. He was running over mailboxes, fences, and telling me that this was it. That tonight I was going to die,” said Meyer as she wiped her tears.
A deputy saw Christina hop out of the truck and run towards his squad car with a bloody right arm and "screaming for help." According to the affidavit Byrant took off and deputies say Bryant ditched his truck, tried to run off but K-9s took him down. We tried speaking with his grandmother but she refused.
"It's out of proportion and I don't want to talk about it,” Bryant’s grandmother stated as she shuts door.
Meyer says she's lucky to be alive.
"I went a lot through him and I stayed because I loved him and thought that it would change and it would be different,” said the girlfriend.
Bryant remains locked up at the Orange County Jail.