46 year old Arnold Jerome Knight was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with attempted murder after Okaloosa County Deputies responded to a battery in progress.
Once on scene, deputies found 58 year old Mary Strange inside a residence located on Kathy Court in Mary Esther, with blood on her face and head. One of her children says he had found her on the ground near a car and saw her boyfriend, Knight, standing nearby with a dark metal object in his hand.
Strange was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola by medical helicopter for treatment of her injuries.
Arnold had been served with a temporary injunction for protection against domestic violence on Tuesday that stated he was to have no contact with Strange.
During a search near the crime scene Wednesday morning, deputies found a 12 to 16 inch steel pipe in a drainage ditch. It was tested and showed a positive presumptive test for the presence of blood.
The condition of Strange is unknown at this time.