Zachary Tyler Cummings

Zachary Tyler Cummings 

An argument over household bills and a cream cheese bagel led to the arrest of a Lecanto man who now faces domestic battery charges.

Zachary Tyler Cummings’ arrest story began about 1 p.m., Wednesday when a woman he lived with in the 2100 block of West Silver Hill Lane, Lecanto, told Citrus County deputies Cummings, 25, strangled her during an argument, according to Cumming’s arrest report. Deputies said they saw red marks and finger impressions on the woman’s neck.

The woman told deputies the fight began while she was feeding a baby and eating a cream cheese bagel, according to arrest documents. That’s when the woman said Cummings berated her about not paying toward household expenses.

In frustration, she said she threw the bagel on the floor and walked toward the baby’s room. Later, Cumming’s told deputies she threw the bagel at him. Upon examination, deputies identified a streak of cream cheese on Cummings’ right, upper arm, but no other damage such as swelling.

The woman told deputies that as she walked toward Cummings, he grabbed her by the neck and squeezed until she was dizzy. Cummings told deputies he grabbed her and pushed so she wouldn’t walk away.

Deputies arrested Cummings and charged him with felony battery with strangulation.   

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at or 352-397-5914.

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