GPD: Woman punched, kicked officer

Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:42 p.m.

A 23-year-old Gainesville woman was arrested for allegedly punching and kicking a law enforcement officer Saturday night.

Torquinsha Williams, of 3280 SE 18th Ave., was seen screaming at a group of people for someone to fight her at 1101 SE 15th St. around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a report from Gainesville police.

Police told Williams to stop yelling and told her not to leave the scene. When Williams began to walk away, one officer stood in front of her. Williams attempted to punch the officer. The officer moved Williams to ground, where she landed on her back.

Williams punched and kicked the officer several times while he attempted to move Williams onto her abdomen. She screamed and flailed while the officer placed her in handcuffs, the report said.

According to the report, the officer told another that he may have broken his finger in the fracas.

Williams stood up and attempted to walk away. Police grabbed her under her arms and walked her toward the police vehicle. Williams resisted and let her body go limp. While in the patrol vehicle, Williams slipped off one of her handcuffs and kicked the window of the vehicle several times.

The officer attempted to re-handcuff her. Williams warned the officer that she was going to bite him. She opened her mouth and bared her teeth three inches away from the officer’s arm, the report said.

Police handcuffed Williams a second time and used a rip hobble to secure her legs. A rip hobble is a webbed belt that buckles around ankles, knees or elbows to prevent a person from kicking or elbowing an arresting officer.

Williams will face charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer with violence.

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