A Goshen man was arrested Sunday for allegedly choking a female taxi driver until she passed out and then attempting to leave the scene.

Marco Antonio Diaz, 22, Goshen, was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 11:17 p.m. Sunday for battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a level 5 felony; strangulation, a level 6 felony; and on a warrant for an Indiana agency. His preliminary bond was set at $10,250.

According to court documents filed Tuesday, Warsaw Police Department officer Chris Brown responded Sunday to what was reported as a stabbing near Stella’s Sub Pub in Warsaw.





He spoke with a woman who was clutching her throat and said she was not OK. She said she works for Fast Cab and Diaz was in the front passenger seat when he reached over and grabbed her by the neck until she passed out. When she regained consciousness, Diaz was gone and she was rolling north on Detroit Street.

Witnesses told police they saw the cab driver slouched in the driver’s seat and saw a Hispanic man wearing a black multicolored shirt, jeans and pointy-toed cowboy boots jump from the passenger side of the cab and run toward Stella’s. The man ran as though he was drunk and fell to the ground, according to the court documents.

Diaz was found and taken into custody.

One witness said the man in custody was the person who fled from the front seat of the taxi. He said he stayed and saw the man until the police took him into custody.

Another witness told officers he saw the driver being choked by a person sitting in the front passenger side. He identified Diaz as the person he saw choking the driver.

A black cellphone the cab driver believed was Diaz’s was found on the passenger-side floor of the taxi.

Diaz, who was taken to a local hospital, told police he could not remember the incident and didn’t know why he was at the hospital. His portable breath test sample registered .226.