POPD: witnesses tell authorities man grabbed woman by the throat outside Circle K

Ryan Thrall was arrested in relation to the incident.

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  • | 9:06 a.m. December 4, 2017
Ryan Thrall was arrested in relation to the incident. Photo by Nichole Osinski
Ryan Thrall was arrested in relation to the incident. Photo by Nichole Osinski
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A Port Orange man was arrested after surveillance footage showed him with his hand around a woman's neck and some kind of small knife or letter opener being held toward her throat, according to an incident report from the Port Orange Police Department. Multiple witnesses had also seen a man with Thrall's description outside the store.  

Ryan Thrall, 31, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. He was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail with a $7,500 bond. 

According to the report, on Friday, Dec. 1, around 11:37 p.m., police responded to the Circle K at 4040 Nova Rd. in reference to an assault and battery. A woman told police another woman had come into the store and told her a man outside was making "unsettling comments." 

The first woman went outside to tell the man, identified as Ryan Thrall, to leave the property. Thrall charged her, grabbing her by the throat and holding a small knife toward her throat. The woman was able to get back inside the store before Thrall came in after her. 

According to the report, Thrall told her he would cut her if she came back out. Thrall then left on a bicycle. 

Police conducted an area check for Thrall and was later found and detained due to a statement that the suspect had a knife. No weapons were found after a pat down. Thrall told authorities he had been at home the whole evening. However, once notified of the surveillance footage he admitted that he had been at the Circle K and had committed battery. 

Thrall told police that when the woman "told him to leave the property he became angry at which time he grabbed her and told her that he will cut her," according to the report. 

Thrall also told authorities that he had thrown the knife into the sewer grate on the curb of Nova Road. The knife was not found.

Thrall was arrested after his confession, witness statements and video of the incident had been reviewed.



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