13-year-old defends self from homeless man with pepper spray


This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the gender of the victim was not provided in the arrest report.

James Dewells Scott, 47, was arrested yesterday after grabbing a 13-year-old near the intersection of S. Main Street and SW 4th Avenue.

At about 8:00 p.m. last night, Scott, who is listed as homeless on the arrest report, allegedly grabbed a 13-year-old and said, “I’m going to bring you back to my house.” The victim reportedly backed away from him, deployed pepper spray in his direction, ran to a safe location, and called 911.

A Gainesville Police Department officer made contact with Scott about an hour later in the same location, and Scott allegedly provided a false name and date of birth. Once he was placed in handcuffs, he allegedly began resisting by ignoring commands to stand up, trying to remove the handcuffs, and pulling away.

Scott has been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior against a victim under 16 years old, providing false identification to law enforcement, and resisting arrest. He is being held on $65,000 bond.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • She could have wound up like that teen who was being held as a sex slave in Holly Heights/Cedar Ridge. The charges should be more serious, like attempted kidnapping. Maybe the girl’s family will meet up with him at some point.

  • So glad she had pepper spread I blame the city of Gainesville and Alaucha county for this they encourage the homeless to stay here free food place to live

  • I’ve known this man since 2004. I know him EXTREMELY well. He has children of his own. I also know this area of town where this took place. If he did grab her she was in danger by being down there at that time of night. That area is known for prostitution, sales and use of drugs and heavy drinking. He is NOT a pedophile. He has done so many things to help the homeless community here in Gainesville. He is a well known and respected man. What really needs to be found out is WHY a 13 year old girl is on that side of town at 8pm. WITHOUT adult supervision? WHERE ARE HER PARENTS? I’m sorry but NO WAY YOU CAN CONVINCE ME HE HAD ANY PLANS TO HARM THIS CHILD!!!! We are NOT God!!! We were NOT there to witness these egregious allegations to ruin a good black man’s name.

    • He was trying to rescue the girl from the real bad man? Are you on the bath salts, too?

    • well show how much we knew tygur sweetie and tygur get on that spice… and he becomes a different person… witness wont lie who to say the child wasnt walking to get on the bus or was at the store when the incident occurred

    • Summer, you got a screw loose and a mental problem.
      “We are not god”? This sick person is the Devil incarnate. Homeless too. You blame the parents for this
      Creep grabbing a 13 year old girl? She’s the victim.
      He should be locked up forever and chemically castrated.

      • And it’s sad cause the news lied it actually was a 13year old boy whom is my nephew and James Scott aka tygur is a sex offended that never got caught

    • Homeless since 2004? What’s THAT side of town?
      Need to stop feeding the stray cats.

    • My thoughts as well. I’ve known him ages, it just doesn’t fit.

  • Maybe Poe or Ward will volunteer their daughters to help rehabilitate Mr. Scott.

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