Rum-drinking Ocala man lands back in jail hours after release

Matthew James Marshall

An Ocala man fresh out of jail was arrested for the fourth time in 2019 after he allegedly got drunk, shoved a random woman and tried to fight employees and customers in the parking lot of Logan’s Roadhouse.

Matthew James Marshall, 51, was charged with simple battery after the incident, which happened on the evening of Nov. 26. Marshall had been released from the Marion County Jail earlier in the day after serving nearly two months for returning twice in the same day to a Belleview store where he had been previously trespassed.

An Ocala Police officer had two separate incidents to deal with at the restaurant, located 2621 SW 19th Avenue Road. The initial call was about a man who had fallen in the parking lot during an unknown medical episode, and a second man was in the parking lot trying to fight restaurant employees and patrons, according to the OPD report.

The man who had fallen was heavily intoxicated and was taken to a hospital for medical treatment. It was determined he and Marshall did not know each other, the report said.

The officer spoke with Marshall and observed his eyes were watery and bloodshot and his speech was slurred. There was a heavy odor of alcohol on his breath. Marshall had a 750 ml bottle of Parrot Bay rum that was open and about three-quarters full. The officer took the bottle from Marshall and dumped the contents in nearby bushes, according to the report.

A restaurant employee told the officer he had been notified by customers about the man who fell in the parking lot. He said when he went out to see what happened, Marshall was in the parking lot and took a fighting stance (hips turned and fists raised) towards him. Marshall threatened to punch the employee several times and used profane language before eventually backing away, the report said.

The officer spoke with a customer on the phone who said she was at Logan’s Roadhouse earlier in the day visiting her boyfriend, who works there. She said she left the restaurant at about 4:15 p.m. and walked to her vehicle. The victim said as she was standing next to her vehicle and looking for her keys, she was pushed once in the back by an unknown person. She turned around and saw Marshall standing behind her, according to the report.

The victim said she asked Marshall if he was OK, or if he needed any help. She said he started swearing at her and calling her profane, derogatory names. He then went and sat on a bench, and the victim went inside and notified a manager about what happened, the report said.

When asked how hard Marshall pushed her, the victim said he put both open hands on her shoulders and pushed her “hard” from behind, causing her to fall into her vehicle. The victim, who said she wasn’t injured, said she wanted to press charges against Marshall for battery, according to the report.

A manager said she was inside the restaurant when the victim came inside and told her Marshall had pushed her in the parking lot. She said she went outside and saw Marshall still seated on the bench outside the front door. The manager stayed outside and kept an eye on Marshall until police arrived. The victim didn’t stay at the scene because she had to go to work, the report said.

Due to his level of intoxication, Marshall was taken to West Marion Hospital. After about 20 minutes, he was cleared to be taken to jail. During questioning, Marshall said he had no recollection of what had occurred and repeatedly asked what he was being arrested for, according to the report.

Marshall is scheduled to be released from the jail on Feb. 20, 2020 and has a court date scheduled for three days later.