Police: Teen caught smoking cigar in woman's car

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Melvin Marshall

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An 18-year-old man caught sitting and smoking in the car of a woman he didn't know was beaten up by the woman's husband, according to Jacksonville police.

Police said 26-year-old Rossano Smith saw the suspect, Melvin Marshall, sitting in the driver's seat of his wife's car at 2260 University Blvd. just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Smith saw Marshall light a cigar, so he opened the door to ask him what he was doing in the car, according to a police report.

Marshall tried to punch Smith, who was able to duck, grab the teen and pull him out of the car, according to the report.

Marshall kept trying to fight and get away, so Smith defended himself and continued to hold the teen until police arrived, according to the report.

Police said Marshall initially denied he was in the car and was only leaning on it. He said that someone told him to meet him by the car and assumed it belonged to the person he was meeting, according to the report.

Marshall was unable to provide a name or any way to contact the person to verify his story, police said. They said he later admitted that he was inside the car but did not intend to take anything and was only smoking a cigar while he waited on his friend.

He told police Smith pulled him out of the car and beat him up.

Police said the center console was open in the car, and Smith's wife said it was shut just a few minutes before when she parked the car.

Marshall had a bloody nose, a swollen left eye and scrapes on his elbows. He was taken to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.

The teen was arrested and charged with burglary.

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