Was it over sex or pasta? Greenacres man charged with strangling ex sister-in-law

Local man charged with strangling ex sister-in-law

GREENACRES, Fla. - A 47-year-old man was arrested early Monday after police say he strangled his former sister-in-law in a fight that the man said was about their sexual relationship.

Pedro Almanza-Flores, of Greenacres, was charged with domestic battery by strangulation.

In his first court appearance Tuesday morning, Circuit Court Judge Krista Marx ordered he be released under supervision and that he have no contact with the alleged victim. He was also ordered not to drink alcohol.

Greenacres Public Safety officers responded to a home in Greenacres around 11:40 p.m. Monday regarding a domestic battery call.

Once they arrived, they found Almanza-Flores outside.

He told police he came home and had a fight with his former sister-in-law.

"I told her that I was not feeling comfortable with us having a sexual relationship," a probable cause affidavit says.

He told police that the woman then punched him about four times in his face, after which he went outside.

Angelica Rosales, the alleged victim, and a relative had a different story that they told police.

Rosales said Almanza-Flores walked into her bedroom and asked if he could have her left over pasta. She said he could have the pasta. But then he walked toward her, tripped over the dresser and hit his head. He then started choking her, she told police, and she screamed for her help.

Sandra Castro, 40, said she walked in and saw Almanza-Flores on top of Rosales, and called her husband to help. Castro's husband came in and was able to get Rosales free.

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