Man accused of attack in women’s bathroom at Orlando airport hit with new charges

Damani Matthews, 24, faces a slew of charges including attempted sexual battery

Damani Matthews, 24, was booked into Orange County Jail. (Orange County Sheriff's Office)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man accused of attacking a woman inside of a restroom at Orlando International Airport was arrested again and hit with new charges Tuesday as court records revealed details of a second attack at the airport and an attack at the University of Central Florida.

Damani Matthews, 24, now faces two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, attempted sexual battery with a deadly weapon, two accounts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, robbery with a weapon, two counts of violation of probation, kidnapping with a weapon, two counts of attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted kidnapping with a deadly weapon and tampering with a witness.

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The latest charges stem from an attack on March 5 on Level 1, B side of OIA, records show. Police said a 51-year-old woman said she was inside a bathroom stall when Matthews climbed over the stall, grabbing the victim with one hand while threatening her with a knife in his other hand.

The victim told police Matthews tried to force himself on her but she managed to get free and call for help, records show.

Matthews was originally arrested on March 6, following a similar attack in a women’s restroom at OIA.

Court records show Matthews was also hit with charges on March 9 stemming from an attack on the campus of UCF.

Investigators said a victim was using a restroom at the student union on Pegasus Drive on March 3.

The victim said she was in a stall when Matthews peered over at her from an adjacent stall and told her to shush as he held a knife in his hand, police said. The victim shouted and Matthews took off.

Matthews is currently being held in the Orange County jail.


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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.