Deputies: Man tried to force fiancee to swallow engagement ring

Faron Thompson arrested on battery via strangulation charge

ORLANDO, Fla. - A 29-year-old man was arrested in Orlando on suspicion of trying to force his fiancee to swallow her diamond engagement ring because she no longer wanted to live with him.

Faron Thompson was arrested Sunday on charges of battery via strangulation and child neglect.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Thompson's girlfriend of four years contacted authorities about the incident after she left home and drove to the Walmart on West Colonial Drive.

She said she was arguing with Thompson about moving her things out of her home and left the ring on the kitchen counter, according to deputies.  When she went to retrieve it, she realized Thompson had the ring, said deputies, who added that he tried to force the ring down her throat while holding her down.

Thompson also threatened to burn her house down, prompting her to call him a "psycho," according to Orange County sheriff's deputies.

During the alleged attack, the woman said Thompson pushed her against a wall while she was holding a one-year-old child, said deputies, adding that Thompson covered the woman's mouth and preventing her from breathing.

The woman told deputies she feared for her life and left the home, but he shoved her out the door while she was holding the child, who was only wearing a diaper and shoes.

She then drove off and called authorities, meeting a deputy at the Walmart.  The deputy said he noticed redness around her neck and throat and a scratch on her upper right arm.

Thompson was later located and arrested but denied the allegations, saying "women always claim assault, but never accept responsibility for provoking someone," according to deputies.

Thompson was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail.

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