Man suspected of trying to strangle woman in Winter Haven turns himself in

Police say the woman that John G. Reger tried to strangle took the tag from his truck then notified Winter Haven police about the incident.

Attack suspect John G.-Reger. Polk County Jail booking photo
Attack suspect John G. Reger. Polk County Jail booking photo

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) – A man suspected of trying to strangle a woman at a Winter Haven motel has turned himself in to authorities.

Winter Haven police say John G. Reger, of St. Cloud turned himself in at the Polk County Jail on Tuesday night. Winter Haven Police detectives were interviewing Reger on Wednesday morning. An arrest warrant was issued for Reger after a woman he is accused of attacking took the tag from his truck.

Detectives say at 10:15 a.m. on June 28, the 20 year-old victim was walking along US. Hwy 17 towards the Royal Inn, which is locates at 3525 Lake Alfred Rd. She was headed to the room to pick up items. A gray Ford pickup truck pulled along beside her and asked if she needed a ride. The victim accepted the offer of the ride and Reger took her to the Royal Inn. The victim got out of the truck and thought Reger was going to stay inside of the truck while she collected the items from a motel room.

However, detectives say Reger waited a few moments, then followed the victim into the room without her knowledge. He came up from behind her and allegedly began to strangle her with both arms around her neck. He then knocked her to the ground and got on top of her.

The victim was able to fight her way free from Reger’s grasp and ran from the motel room. As she ran out of the room, she went to the truck retrieved the tag from the pickup truck before he got inside the truck and left. The victim had cuts and scrapes, but was otherwise physically unharmed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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