It's arrest No. 30 for woman who is 26

Latest incident involves alleged beating, robbery of a handicapped person.


Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.

Sheriff's officials say a 26-year-old Gainesville woman has now been arrested 30 times.

Ashley Pearson's latest arrest came on Tuesday.

Members of the U.S. Marshal's North Florida Regional Task Force said they found her hiding under a bed at the Phoenix apartments at 3205 S.W. 25th Drive. She was wanted for the alleged beating and robbery of a handicapped person earlier this month.

Task force members had several tips on Pearson's whereabouts and had staked out the apartments for most of the day on Tuesday. Alachua County Deputies Jeff Everdyke and John Abram, who are also task force members, said they caught a break when they saw Pearson through an upstairs window. Once inside the house, task force members said they found her under a bed.

Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said 21 of Pearson's arrests were made while she was a juvenile, beginning in 1996 - the year she turned 13.

As an adult, Pearson has been arrested nine times and has spent one year in prison. Forgey said her record includes multiple convictions for grand theft, forgery, credit card crimes and driving without a license along with convictions for burglary, grand theft auto, dealing in stolen property and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Forgey said investigators are concerned because it appears Pearson's activities are growing increasingly violent as she gets older.

Pearson was being held at the Alachua County Jail on Thursday, with bond set at $500,000.

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