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Man Allegedly Tried To Drown Girlfriend, Who Once Appeared On '90-Day Fiancé' Spinoff, In Lake
Witnesses at a boat party told authorities that Cole Goldberg jumped into the water "in a complete rage" before allegedly trying to strangle Caroline Schwitzky.
A Florida man is under arrest after authorities say he tried to strangle and drown his girlfriend, who once appeared on the reality show “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?,” following a heated argument on a boat.
Cole Goldberg, 23, was arrested by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on April 24 after boat passengers on Lake Boca waved down authorities, according to a probable cause affidavit reviewed by Oxygen.com. When officials with the FWC arrived by boat shortly after 6 p.m., they found Caroline Schwitzky, 32, on another vessel with bruises on her leg and arm.
Schwitzky was also arrested by the FWC for an unrelated charge pertaining to an out-of-county warrant, according to the Boca Post.
Goldberg was still in the water when officers arrived before pulling him on board to question him, the affidavit said. Officials then spoke to several witnesses who provided similar stories.
“The boyfriend was grabbing her very aggressively, keeping her on board,” one witness told FWC officers. “This went on for about 20 minutes. He became more aggressive, and she began punching his arms to get him to let go.”
In an attempt to flee, Schwitzky reportedly jumped into the water to board another watercraft, which was nearby as part of an annual maritime event known as “Boca Bash.”
“He jumped in after her,” the witness continued. “Caught up to her and it appeared that he was pushing her under the water.”
Guests in the vessel that Schwitzky was trying to reach said Goldberg was “in a complete rage” when he grabbed Schwitzky by the throat with both hands and held her under the water.
Party guests tried to yell at Goldberg, but he “seemed unresponsive,” prompting several people to jump into the water to pull Schwitzky onto their boat.
Multiple vessels refused to let Goldberg back on their vessels, calling 911 as the suspect continued to cling onto a boat.
Another witness also gave a statement to the FWC, who’d been patrolling the waters for the crowded event.
“We were on our boat in Lake Boca [and] a young woman asked us to use our floatation device because she was tired from swimming,” said the witness, who said Goldberg came up behind the woman and began attacking her.
A friend jumped in and physically separated the pair.
Passengers threatened to hit Goldberg with a boat hook if he tried boarding the vessel after Schwitzky.
The FWC arrested Goldberg on the scene on charges of attempted felony murder and domestic battery.
Online records show he was booked into custody with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on April 25 and released the same day after posting a total of $60,000 bond.
Schwitzky was also booked and released the same day after posting $1,000 bond.
It was unclear why the warrant was previously issued.
Records examined by Oxygen.com also show Schwitzky was granted a no-contact order against Goldberg, filed with the 15th Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach County on April 25.
According to TMZ, Caroline Schwitzky was a guest star in 2016 on the TLC series, “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?” a spin-off from the original series. Schwitzky’s Instagram page shows her as a mother of three and the CEO of a Miami-based talent agency called “Urge Talent.”
She and Goldberg have been in a relationship for one year and do not live with one another, according to the affidavit.
Goldberg is expected to appear in court on May 25.