HomeCrimeWoman previously charged with kicking female officer in the stomach arrested for disrupting class at Santa Fe College and battery on officer
Woman previously charged with kicking female officer in the stomach arrested for disrupting class at Santa Fe College and battery on officer
November 2, 2023
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Santoria Nichelle Smith, 18, was arrested yesterday and charged with disrupting a school function and battery on a law enforcement officer; she was previously arrested in August for battery on a law enforcement officer, but the charges were dropped.
At about 2:00 p.m. yesterday, Santa Fe Police Department officers responded to a reported disturbance in a classroom at Santa Fe College Blount Hall (530 W. University Avenue). The officer reported that when he arrived, he found Smith in a verbal dispute with an office supervisor. When the officer told Smith she was disrupting the operation of the classroom, she allegedly said, “I don’t want to talk to you.”
The officer reported that he approached Smith to escort her out of the classroom, at which point she allegedly pushed him in the chest and said, “You don’t put your hands on me.” Bystanders reportedly intervened in an attempt to get Smith to leave the classroom, and she left.
Outside the classroom, Smith allegedly moved aggressively toward a female student, and the officer reportedly stepped between the two women and told Smith she would be arrested for disruption of a school function if she did not calm down.
The officer reported that Smith took off her jacket, threw it on the floor, and “squared up” on him, raising her closed fists. The officer reportedly drew his taser and told Smith to get on the ground; she allegedly moved toward him aggressively, and he deployed his taser. After she was checked by EMS, he transported her to the jail.
Smith has no criminal history. She was previously arrested in August and charged with resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer after allegedly kicking a female police officer in the stomach and saying, ““Oh, and I hope you had a baby in there and I hope it f***in died.” Bail was originally set at $6,000, but she was released on her own recognizance 10 days later, and the charges were dropped on September 13.
Judge Kristine Van Vorst set bail at $10,000 on the current charges but indicated that Smith may be released to the supervision of Mental Health Court if she is accepted into the program.
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.
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