Student arrested for putting girlfriend in choke hold

The subject is facing charges of battery by strangulation.


Max Jackson | Staff Photographer

Gregory Cox, Managing Editor

Blake Erwin. Photo courtesy of FAU Police Department
Blake Erwin. Photo courtesy of FAU Police Department

Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Jan. 12. 2024 with information about charges against Erwin being dropped.

A Florida Atlantic student was arrested Monday night after he was accused of choking his girlfriend until she was unconscious, according to the arrest report.

Blake Erwin faces charges of domestic battery by strangulation, the arrest report states.

The altercation happened on Friday, when Erwin and his girlfriend, who requested anonymity, began arguing. The arrest report says that he then put her in a chokehold and threw her to the floor.

The next day, the girlfriend went to the police to file a report, and initially did not want to name Erwin. According to the arrest report, she had visible bruises and scratches around her arm, neck and chest.

As said by the report, it was revealed to the police that Erwin was the suspect.

According to his Facebook page, Erwin is a junior studying mechanical engineering and lives in Innovation Village Apartments North, according to his Instagram page.

Erwin was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday on a $2,000 bond, according to the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Legal documents provided by Erwin show that the charges against him were dropped.

The expungement order, dated Nov 27. 2019, states that he “was not adjudicated guilty of charges stemming from the arrest or criminal activity to which this expunction petition pertains.”

An arrest made by mistake or against the law can be expunged, or erased. A person can seal or expunge their criminal record by applying to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for a Certificate of Eligibility to Seal or Expunge.

Erwin’s expungement order requires the Office of the State Attorney for Palm Beach County, the Sheriff of Palm Beach County, the Florida Atlantic University Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to expunge the record for at least 10 years.

Gregory Cox is the managing editor of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @gregcox92.