Bryan Dugan strangled a Winter Haven woman until she blacked out, and then stole her purse.

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Winter Haven, Florida -- A woman almost died after a man strangled her in order to steal her purse.

Around 2 a.m. on July 2, the victim had been stranded by friends at a local bar when she began walking to a friend's house. She stopped at Sertoma Park to use the restroom and charge her cell phone. When she exited the restroom, she was approached by Bradley Dugan who demanded her cell phone and purse.

The victim pleaded with Dugan for her belongings to which Dugan motioned towards the bathroom entrance with a smirk on his face asking, "You want your stuff?" The victim took this gesture as a sexual proposition and began to walk off. Dugan then stopped the victim by standing in front of her, wrapped something around her neck and began strangling her until she blacked out.

When the victim regained consciousness, Dugan was standing above her and then walked away.

A witness approached police later in the morning identifying Dugan as the man he had met at the park earlier to talk with. The witness said that after Dugan strangled the victim, he and Dugan left the park to visit friends where Dugan attempted to sell prescription pills and women's jewelry.

Police responded to Dugan's home where the victim was able to make a positive identification. During the arrest of Dugan, two prescription bottles with the victim's name on them, a necklace, cell phone and other items taken from the victim were located.

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