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Ocala man threatens to ‘f*** up’ Pilot Travel Center staff while wielding case of water bottles

An Ocala man is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after Pilot Travel Center employees accused of him of stealing a hat and, in response, he allegedly picked up a 24-pound case of water bottles and threatened to “(expletive) them up.”

On Friday, May 17, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the Pilot Travel Center located at 2020 SW Highway 484 in Ocala in reference to a customer causing a disturbance.

Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with a store manager who advised that a man, later identified as 36-year-old Antawn Juane Walkins, was yelling at several employees, according to the arrest report.

Antawn Juane Walkins
Antawn Juane Walkins, 36, of Ocala

The manager advised that Walkins was observed wearing a hat that belonged to the convenience store. The report stated that when the manager told Walkins that he needed to pay for the hat, Walkins “became upset” and yelled that he “owned the store” and was a “Marine Veteran,” according to the report.

The manager and several employees told the deputy that Walkins threatened to “beat their (expletive)” and “(expletive) them up.” When they informed Walkins that they were going to be calling law enforcement, he allegedly stated that he was going to “beat the cops’ (expletive) too,” according to the report.

Walkins then picked up a Zephyrhills case of water, which weighed around 24 pounds, and he allegedly acted as if he was going to throw it at the manager. The deputy noted in the report that the manager was standing a few feet away from Walkins, within throwing range, and the water case was “capable of causing great bodily harm to the victim.”

The report stated that one of the employees was able to convince Walkins to return the water case to its display, and he proceeded to leave the store. Law enforcement eventually made contact with him when he returned to the convenience store.

The deputy noted that the store had video surveillance footage of the incident, which showed Walkins yelling at the employees, picking up the case of water, and acting “as if he was going to throw (it) at the victims.”

After speaking with the manager and employees, the deputy made contact with Walkins outside of the store. He claimed that he “did not do anything wrong,” and he then became “highly verbal” as he attempted to walk away from law enforcement, according to the report.

Walkins was detained in handcuffs, and he allegedly threatened to “(expletive) up” the deputies that were on scene. He further claimed that “his hands were deadly” and the deputies were “going to lose their job and something else if (they) aren’t careful.” The report mentioned that several deputies had to assist with securing Walkins in the back of a patrol vehicle.

While speaking with law enforcement, Walkins admitted that he had threatened to harm the Pilot Travel Center employees. He further admitted that he picked up a water case during the incident, though he claimed that he never intended to harm anyone with it.

Walkins was transported to Marion County Jail, where he is currently being held on a $14,000 bond. He is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill (two counts), threatening to harm a law enforcement officer, and resisting an officer without violence.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, according to jail records.