Police arrest man wanted in connection with Gainesville bar fight

Zachary Lathan/Alachua County Jail.

A 21-year-old man charged in connection with a bar fight last month that left the victim with facial injuries has turned himself in, according to court records.

Zachary Lathan turned himself in to police on October 18, was charged with felony battery and released on his own recognizance.

Police say Lathan was a bouncer at Fat Daddy’s bar in Gainesville.

On September 29th, Lathan was at the bar off-duty, when a bartender got into a fight with a customer, according to a police report.

The report says the bartender, Blake Mathesie, grabbed the victim’s neck from behind the bar. That’s when, the report says, Lathan threw a drink at the victim’s head, punched him in the head, and choked him with two hands.

The report says Mathesie jumped over the bar and joined in the attack and both he and Lathan continued to beat and choke the victim as they dragged him out of the bar.

The report says Mathesie “literally threw the VIC out of the door. He flipped the VIC who landed face down, unconscious, and bleeding.”

The victim suffered a partial loss of memory and, facial fractures, and in need of several stitches, according to the report.

Police issued felony battery warrants for both Mathesie and Lathan on Oct. 12th. Mathesie was arrested the same day.

Correction (October 23, 2018): Due to incorrect information provided by a police spokesman, an earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Lathan as the man accused of throwing the victim out of the bar. This story has also been updated to note that Lathan turned himself in to police on October 18.

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