GPD: Woman arrested on shoplifting charge is shot twice with Taser

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested Tuesday on multiple shoplifting charges — but not before she reportedly put up such a fight that she was shot twice with a Taser stun gun and required two people to restrain her.

Destiny N. James, 38, of 5800 SW 20th Ave., Apt. G5, had visited the Gator Mania store in Butler Plaza on July 19 and was recorded on surveillance video taking two items of women’s clothing valued at $87.98 and putting them inside her purse, according to the Gainesville Police Department. She had left the store before employees could detain her but returned on Tuesday, at which point the police were called.

She was observed by a store employee putting a shirt and pair of shorts valued at $77.98 in her purse and was walking toward the door when GPD Officer Crystal Castor arrived, police reported.

When asked whether she had anything from the store in her purse, James said no and tried to walk around the officer, who then told her not to leave and tried to pull her back from the door.

James twisted her arm to avoid being detained and refused to place her arms behind her back to be handcuffed, police reported.

Officer Castor tried to take James to the floor by striking her leg with a knee, but James continued to resist, police said. The resulting struggle carried Castor and James to a chair near the front of the store, across the front door and into a wall.

The store employee tried to help Castor, police reported, but James lifted her elbow in an effort to strike Castor and continued to resist.

Castor then shot James with the Taser, but James reportedly continued to fight with the officer and employee. Castor deployed another 5-second cycle with the stun gun, after which the officer and employee were able to get James on her stomach so Castor could handcuff her.

During the struggle, James’ purse fell to the floor, emptying the concealed clothing, police reported.

James was charged with two counts of petty theft, simple assault on an officer and resisting arrest with violence. She was booked into the Alachua County jail, where she remained Wednesday in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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