Man jailed after putting woman in headlock after jealous spat at Villages restaurant

Darryl Smith

A man was jailed after putting a woman in a headlock after a jealous spat at a restaurant in The Villages.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday to the Publix supermarket at Southern Trace Plaza where they took into custody 28-year-old Darryl Fulner Smith, of Summerfield.

A woman had reported that she and Smith had gotten into an argument at the nearby IHOP restaurant “over a male subject she advised she knew,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report. She fled the restaurant on foot. Smith followed her into the parking lot and put her in a headlock. A bystander intervened and the woman was able to get away. Smith began to argue with the bystanders who attempted to intervene. Smith ran from the scene.

The woman said she did not want to press charges against Smith, who told deputies he “messed up and should have just left.”

He was arrested on a charge of battery and booked at the Sumter County Detention Center. He was released after posting $1,000 bond.