DESTIN – A Mississippi man who complained that his wife didn’t respect him threw items around their condo and grabbed her arm and neck, leaving marks.

The victim was watching television with their three children when the incident happened.

The argument started when he asked for her car keys and she didn’t know where they were. That’s when he grabbed her arm and briefly choked her, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

The couple has been married for seven years but doesn’t live together, the report said.

The 34-year-old suspect fled before deputies arrived. Deputies called but he hung up after answering and then turned off his phone. When he returned some time later, deputies questioned him.

He told them his wife hit him first but did not have any marks to support his story, the report said.