Scuffle at alcohol-laced birthday party lands Summerfield roommate in jail

Shawn Anthony Mason

A Summerfield man found himself behind bars after an alcohol-laced birthday party took a sour turn Sunday night.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 8200 block of SE 131st Place in Summerfield and when they arrived, a man told them he had gotten into a confrontation with his roommate, later identified as 27-year-old Shawn Anthony Mason. The man said they were having a birthday party for his girlfriend and “all parties had been drinking alcoholic beverages,” a sheriff’s office report states.

The man said Mason started playing loud music, which bothered the guests. He said he asked Mason to turn the volume down and he became angry and took a swing at him, lightly grazing his face. The man said he then retreated to his bedroom and Mason forced the door open and came in behind him, the report says.

The man said he went back outside and sat by the pool and Mason confronted him again. He said he told Mason to calm down and he responded with, “Oh yeah? How’s this for calming down?” and then shoved him out of his chair onto the ground, the report says.

The man said he believed Mason was attempting to push him into the swimming pool. He said Mason left the area as he called law enforcement for help. And he said he wanted to pursue charges against Mason for battery, the report says, adding that deputies noted a fresh scrape on the man’s knee that he claimed happened when he was shoved from the chair.

Deputies searched the immediate area and found Mason hiding in a tree line on the neighbor’s property. Mason told deputies he had consumed “two or three beers and a glass of vodka,” but later said he was drinking non-alcoholic beer and denied drinking any vodka, the report says.

Mason also admitted to arguing with his roommate. He said the two “got into each other’s face” and that’s when he shoved him. And he said the roommate had said something that upset him so he tried to push him into the pool “to calm him down,” the report says.

Mason, who also was arrested for domestic battery in November 2017, was booked into the Marion County Jail early Monday morning. He was charged with battery, held with no bond and is due in court July 31 at 9:30 a.m.