A Leesburg man with two prior battery convictions was arrested after he allegedly slapped his child’s mother, who had confronted him over him getting a tattoo of another woman’s name.
Travis Lee Holiday, 40, of 1217 Manor Drive, was charged with domestic battery by strangulation, domestic battery with two prior convictions, and two probation violations after the incident, which happened around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of a closed-down bank near the Lake Square Mall.
The victim told a Leesburg police officer she and Holiday got into an argument when he showed up with a tattoo of another woman’s name on his arm. She said when she confronted Holiday, he slapped her on the right cheek. The victim told Holiday she was going to call the police and he said he didn’t care. She said Holiday then grabbed her throat, restricting her airway and impeding her normal breathing, the report said.
The victim said she was able to break free after a brief struggle and jump out of the car, and Holiday drove away. She said she walked to the mall and waited for law enforcement to arrive. The officer observed a light red mark on the victim’s cheek with mild swelling, according to the report.
The victim said Holiday hits her every time she catches him cheating. She said she is afraid he will take things to the next level because he constantly threatens to kill her during their arguments, the report said.
Holiday, who was previously convicted of battery in June 2014 and April 2017, was arrested Saturday at his home. He was booked at the Leesburg Police Department and taken to the Lake County Jail, where he’s being held on $30,000 bond. Holiday will appear in Lake County Court on May 23.