20 deputies respond to fight at Santa Fe Oaks that escalated into large crowd “hostile towards law enforcement” and multiple arrests


A 911 call referencing several high-school-aged males trying to “jump” the caller’s son at Santa Fe Oaks Apartments last night escalated into a “large neighborhood crowd becoming hostile towards law enforcement” with approximately 20 law enforcement officers responding and multiple arrests.

According to the deputy who responded to the call about the teens trying to “jump” someone, he saw six males when he arrived, and they immediately began to scatter. He told one of them, later identified at Joshmael Yousef Lawson, 18, to stop, and told the rest to stand against the wall of the building and keep their hands out of their pockets. The deputy reported that Lawson continued to walk away and became argumentative.

The deputy then took Lawson’s wrist and tried to walk him back to the patrol vehicle, but Lawson reportedly resisted and “repeatedly made hostile and racist statements” toward the deputy. A crowd began to form, and the deputy pinned Lawson against his patrol vehicle until backup arrived.

When more deputies arrived, Lawson reportedly continued to resist efforts to secure him until three deputies were able to place handcuffs on him. Both Lawson and the deputy sustained minor injuries. The deputy reported that approximately 20 law enforcement officers responded to the scene. Lawson, who has a juvenile history, was charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and released on his own recognizance with a curfew between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. except for work, school, and church.

During the same time period, Pavielle Simoandante Wiggins, 35, was arrested for allegedly hitting a deputy on the chest while he was trying to physically restrain one of the teens. The deputy wrote that Wiggins had been ordered multiple times to get back and stop interfering. She has been charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer and released on her own recognizance.

A 13-year-old male was also arrested and charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest.

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.

  • Such disrespect, and not surprising. Too bad our schools don’t teach respect for law enforcement instead of teaching contrived excuses. And too bad the state prosecutor and judges are disrespecting our cops, too.

  • Maybe if so many cops weren’t racist bias lying superior acting a$$holes when they deal with POC, People would respect their authority but unfortunately they tend to always use force, threats and lies.

  • If they have a bad attitude, cops probably get tired of the POC around here having such a big problem with the idea of law and order. Don’t act like uncivilized savages as a group if you don’t want to be treated like uncivilized savages. Is that really so hard?

    • That Wiggins who interfered with law enforcement
      Acted like it’s a Jerry Springer show…that did
      Not make the situation any easier to deal with.

  • How old are you? … Remember when officer friendly came to schools and talked to the kids?

  • What do you expect in the nearly ruined city of Gangsville? Eight years AF a spectacularly fair Lauren FAILURE Poe administration has left us with more homeless, extremely debt ridden GRU. bloated city hall with ridiculous salaries, highest electricity in the state, maxed yearly property tax increases, fire fees grossly inflated, bailed out of joint helo for law enforcement, very unhappy citizens and crime through the roof. After being declared the #1 best place to live, we’re not on any list for anything good now. Great job Poe and cronies!

  • They should throw the book at these thugs. No respect for the police and I predict they will eventually be in jail long term. This is what the liberals are turning out all over the country. It’s past time to get tough with these people. They are a drag on society. Of course this will be blamed on white racism.

  • Why did this gang want to “jump”the callers’ son?
    They shouldn’t have ROR’d Wiggins who interfered with
    Law enforcement.

  • Any color can be Thugs. Please remember that. We have good and bad cops

    • This had nothing to do with cops dollbaby…
      A black juvenile was getting jumped by other black
      Kids and a black momma interfered, why? Drugs?
      Oh, it’s the cops fault, take personal responsibility and
      Don’t play the blame game.

    • The cops around here seem tame compared to many bigger cities in Florida. You might get your head cracked if you attack the police in Tampa, Miami, or Fort Lauderdale. Don’t do things that will result in having to deal with the cops at all, obviously. Criminals come in all colors but it sure seems like all the unruly mobs around here lately are exclusively Black people.

  • We are fortunate that this incident didn’t escalate further, (this time…)
    The lack of serious consequences for unacceptable, uncivilized, illegal behavior is leading to this behavior becoming “normal,” and more common.
    I don’t know why anyone would want to go into law enforcement these days…

  • Thanks to the Alachua Chronicle for reporting this story. It appears the two major news sources in Gainesville conveniently failed to get this story out in time. I wonder why.
    Imagine that. Doing what the ruling city commission tells them to report it appears. If I’m incorrect by my conclusion, correct me please.

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