SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Seminole County firefighter is expected to face a judge on Monday for the first time since he was arrested for allegedly attacking his girlfriend.
Dean Erlandson, 24, was arrested shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday by Winter Springs police. He was charged with domestic battery and aggravated assault with a weapon.
Police said Erlandson choked his girlfriend, held her at knifepoint and even pulled a gun on her.
A witness said he was awakened by the sound of screams in his Winter Springs neighborhood.
"It wasn't like your garden variety horror film scream," the neighbor said. "It wasn't a scream for, ‘Help me, help me.' It was sort of a groaning, moaning type of scream."
The witness also claims to have seen what appeared to be the aftermath of a domestic fight.
"She was on the ground in the fetal position. He was standing over her, bent at the waist," the witness described.
After a call to 911, police officers arrived and realized the alleged attacker was Erlandson.
According to police, the fight was over text messages from the woman's ex-boyfriend.
Erlandson allegedly threw her to the ground, threatened her with a knife and a loaded gun and even said he would turn the knife on himself.
Back in August, Erlandson was jailed after he allegedly punched a man and pounded his head into concrete in a downtown Orlando parking garage.