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Police: DeKalb man tried to strangle ex-girlfriend

Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

DeKALB – A 24-year-old DeKalb man accused of trying to strangle his ex-girlfriend Thursday was being held without bond Friday in DeKalb County Jail, authorities said.

The victim had received an order of protection prohibiting him from coming near her apartment in the 100 block of North Third Street in DeKalb, police said. But Buddy Lee Otis, of the 1300 block of West Lincoln Highway, had her 4-year-old son let him into the apartment about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Otis awakened the woman by grabbing her hair and hitting her on top of the head, police said.

He tried to suffocate her with a pillow or his hands, and later tackled her and again tried to strangle her when she tried to run to the balcony with her phone, police said. He took her cellphone and wouldn’t let her leave the apartment until 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

The two walked with her son to Hopkins Park, where he gave back her phone and continued walking north on Sycamore Road. She called police, who arrested him in a shopping center along Sycamore Road.

The woman suffered cuts and bruises, as well as pain on the top of her head, police said.

Otis was charged with home invasion, aggravated domestic battery, unlawful restraint, violation of an order of protection and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.

The most serious charge he faces, home invasion, is typically punishable by between six and 30 years in prison.

Otis is next due in court Tuesday.

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