CRESTVIEW – A man accused of strangling his girlfriend with the cloth belt of a bathrobe was charged with committing domestic battery by strangulation.

The 27-year-old Crestview man was apparently angry that she was packing to leave the residence.

He choked her until she passed out, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

When she woke up, her boyfriend’s mom was calling 911.

The older woman told deputies she heard the victim screaming when she walked in and saw her son on top of the victim with the belt in his hand.

She then hit her son, knocking him off the victim.

The suspect claimed he blacked out and couldn’t remember the altercation.