By Kevin Deutsch
A Parkland investment advisor is charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, and other crimes after allegedly beating and holding a woman against her will in his home—three weeks after allegedly battering a different woman in Boca Raton, court records show.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Scott Jay Matalon, 40, of the 9000 block of Parkland Bay Dr., was arguing with a woman in Parkland for four hours on July 5 before the fight escalated into a physical confrontation in Matalon’s pool.
Matalon, who deputies said was dating the woman for two months, grabbed and threw her down in the pool’s shallow step area, according to BSO.
Their “confrontation” continued upstairs in Matalon’s home, where he struck the woman several times, deputies wrote in an arrest affidavit. The battery injured her left and right arms, left leg, and right hand, deputies said.
According to the affidavit, the victim tried to flee Matalon’s home several times, “finally running to a neighbor’s residence” on the same street, “where she knocked on the door seeking help” with Matalon behind her.
“The defendant followed the victim to the residence and grabbed her on the doorstep,” deputies wrote. “He committed a kidnapping when he lifted her up and forcefully carried her back to his residence” against her will.
“This caused her to be terrorized as she feared further violence.”
The incident was recorded on the neighbor’s RING doorbell camera, deputies said.
Back in his home, Matalon took the woman upstairs and “restrained her in the closet,” according to the affidavit.
Arriving deputies repeatedly knocked on the front door, according to BSO, while Matalon “committed false imprisonment by forcefully detaining” the woman in the closet, “preventing her from getting help from law enforcement.”
Matalon also placed his forearm against her throat, “blocking her airway to prevent her from calling out for help from the police,” thus committing battery by strangulation, deputies wrote.
When deputies, at last, heard the woman’s screams, they entered Matalon’s home through the unlocked door. They saw the victim fleeing from the upstairs landing, with Matalon in pursuit, according to BSO.
Deputies arrested Matalon on the stairwell and charged him with kidnapping, false imprisonment, domestic battery by strangulation, and battery.
Deputies took him to the BSO Main Jail, where he was later released on bond.
Before his release, a judge granted a motion allowing Matalon’s lawyer to photograph his injuries, according to court records. The records did not state how or when Matalon was injured.
Three weeks before his Parkland arrest, Boca Raton Police arrested Matalon for allegedly battering a different woman, who told them Matalon was her boyfriend of two months, according to an arrest affidavit.
On June 15, the woman provided a sworn video statement that “she has been getting physically abused by Matalon and that today, Matalon kicked her off her bed, causing her to fly off the bed and hit her back against a dresser.”
Matalon was charged with domestic battery in that case and released on bond, records show.
His attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
Matalon is an SEC-registered investment advisor and broker, records show. He is listed as a managing director with Matalon Financial Group, part of RBC Wealth Management.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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