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OCALA, FLORIDA – A Corbin doctor has been arrested and charged in connection to a false imprisonment and assault incident that allegedly happened at a Holiday Inn in Ocala, Florida.

Morris Beebe, 65, of London, was arrested Friday by officers with the Ocala Police Department after reports were made by hotel guests that a woman was on the balcony of one of the rooms yelling for help. According to the arrest citation, witnesses said the woman was “crying” and “hysterical,” stating she was being held against her will and kept saying she was had been tied up and beaten.

Witness statements also noted that she appeared to be injured. The officer’s report also claims that the woman appeared to have a swollen face and eyes, with bruises and fresh blood on her face.

During an investigation, the victim told police that several females in the room had tied her to a chair and started striking her several times in the face and head, causing her to lose consciousness on multiple occasions.

Police detained multiple individuals to present before the victim, who positively identified Beebe as one of the individuals who was in the room at the time of the incident.

The woman never alleged that Beebe was directly involved in the assault, but he did fail to render aid. Beebe was arrested and charged with principal to false imprisonment. He was jailed in the Marion County Detention Center under a $5,000 bond, but has since posted bail.

Beebe is a gastroenterologist at Baptist Health Corbin. Hospital officials have confirmed that Beebe has been suspended pending further investigation.

Two other individuals, identified as Devon B. McDougal-Stegall, 27, and Stacy Gonzalez, 37, both of Florida, were also arrested. Both were charged with aggravated battery and false imprisonment.

twyatt@thetimestribune.com

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