Man Charged with Theft after Tussle with Store Manager

A 35-year-old Ocala man was arrested Thursday morning after wrestling with and possibly biting a Best Buy store manager who stopped him from running out with more than $200 in merchandise.

James Joseph Parrott was charged with battery causing bodily harm, petit retail theft, and resisting a merchant. He’s being held in the Marion County Jail on $4,000 bond and will answer to the charges in Marion County Court on February 13.

Parrott had already been detained and handcuffed by a Marion County sheriff’s sergeant by the time an Ocala Police officer arrived at the store…

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