Florida Keys

Marathon bar fight leaves one injured, one arrested

A fight at a Marathon bar landed one man in jail and another at a Miami hospital with injuries to his face.

Two Monroe County sheriff’s deputies went to JJ’s Doghouse, 10700 Overseas Hwy., just before 1 a.m. Sunday after being called about a fight.

A 25-year-old man, who lives in Marathon, was found inside the bar with wounds on his face. The suspect, 26-year-old James Pearson of Pennsylvania, was outside the bar, according to the sheriff’s office. He had blood all over his hands and clothing but no visible injuries.

According to deputies, Pearson and another man, who was not named, were at the bar with their respective girlfriends.

Pearson and his girlfriend were playing pool. The other man reportedly approached Pearson and told him he and his girlfriend wanted to play pool as well. Pearson, his girlfriend and the man went outside.

Once outside, Pearson, who told one of the deputies he “loves to fight,” beat the man. His girlfriend told the deputy she went outside to check on her boyfriend and found him curled up on the ground with Pearson standing over him.

Pearson was arrested, charged with felony battery and was taken to jail.

Friends took the injured man to Fisherman’s Hospital. He was later airlifted to Miami to be treated for facial fractures and possible internal injuries.