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Winter Haven man accused of beating wife, holding her captive

A man who was accused of beating his wife and holding her at a hotel against her will for two days has surrendered to authorities, Winter Haven police said.

David Archer, 32, turned himself in at the Polk County Central Booking Facility in Bartow about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. He will have his first court appearance at 7:30 a.m. at Central County Jail.

A warrant had been issued for Archer on charges of domestic battery strangulation, kidnapping, aggravated assault, and shooting into an occupied dwelling stemming from an incident that began on New Year’s Eve and continued into New Year’s Day.

According to police, Archer became enraged at his wife on New Year’s Eve and assaulted her at their home. During the incident, he fired a weapon into a wall, police said.

Archer’s wife, who received significant injuries from the beatings, talked him into taking her to the hospital. After they left the home, however, Archer drove them to the Orlando area and threatened to kill them both, police said.

Archer eventually drove back to Winter Haven, making another stop along the way threatening to kill himself by drowning in a nearby lake, police said. After she pleaded with him, Archer finally took the victim to the emergency room Wednesday, but he threatened more harm if she did not lie about how she received the injuries, police said. She then told medical staff and law enforcement that she was injured during a fight between other women.

After his wife was released from the hospital, Archer drove her to a hotel on Highway 27 and held her against her will for two days, police said.

Archer took his wife back home on Friday afternoon and left, police said. The victim then contacted relatives, who in turn called police. The victim was taken back to the hospital and received additional medical care.

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