Authorities: Lost Horse allegedly served drinks to minors

MARFA — Two people are facing charges in Presidio County after authorities say the Lost Horse bar was serving drinks to minors.

Among the people facing charges is Michael Shaddox, who last year bought the bar from founder Ty Mitchell. Shaddox switched out third-party food vendor El Camino for an in-house kitchen and rechristened the bar “The World Famous Lost Horse Saloon,” as The Big Bend Sentinel previously reported.

Shaddox faces a class A misdemeanor for allegedly serving drinks to minors. He turned himself into authorities on Sunday afternoon and bonded out around an hour later, according to records from the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office.

Another person, a bartender, faces the same misdemeanor charge, as well as another class B misdemeanor for allegedly not identifying herself to police. Shaddox did not respond to requests for comment.

At press time, it’s unclear what led up to the arrests. The Marfa Police Department, which handled the case, declined to comment, instead referring questions to Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton, who will prosecute the charges.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which regulates the sale of alcohol in Texas, also declined to comment, instead referring questions to Marfa police. However, the agency said it was working with local authorities on the case and also had an investigation into the matter. TABC has conducted around 60 inspections on the Lost Horse since it opened in 2012, most recently in September, a spokesperson said.

Ponton, the Presidio County attorney, declined to comment on the allegations when reached for comment on Tuesday, citing the pending case.

When asked whether the case against the bartender would consider the fact that her employer also faced the same allegation of serving drinks to minors, Ponton declined to comment on particulars. But in general, he said, “all facts surrounding a case are evaluated.”