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Ugly Details Emerge In Arrest Of Florida Freshman Justin Watkins

An interior view of the Florida Gators football stadium as two jets fly above.

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Two fighter jets perform a flyover before the game between the Florida Gators and the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, Florida freshman Justin Watkins was suspended following an arrest. Watkins was arrested on four charges including battery, kidnapping, and battery by strangulation.

Details of the incident were scarce in the immediate aftermath of the news. On Wednesday morning, the Gainesville Sun received a copy of the police report - which described the disturbing details of Watkins' arrest.

Here's more from the Sun:

Watkins struck his 18-year-old girlfriend with an open and closed fist on both sides of her head and on her shoulders while holding her down on a dorm room bed.

He got on top of her, pinning her to the bed again, the report says, wrapped his hands around her neck and choked her three times, once for 15 seconds and twice for about eight seconds.

Police say Watkins knew that she has asthma.

Police say he confined her to the room by standing in the doorway and blocking the exit.

Watkins' girlfriend allegedly maced him in order to exit the room. He then allegedly chased her and threw multiple items at her.

Watkins was arrested earlier this year in another alleged incident with a female. Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen announced on Tuesday afternoon that the former four-star recruit was suspended from the team following his second arrest this year.

[Gainesville Sun]