Bradenton, FL – The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports a Sarasota, Florida woman, 38-year-old Katina Collins, has been arrested for supposedly running around Bradenton, kicking strangers in their genitals. She was also charged with assaulting an officer when confronted.
Officers responded to the scene Tuesday, finding a woman who matched witness descriptions of the assailant. Initially Collins stepped away from the deputy when approached. She then turned and slapped the sunglasses from the officer’s face. Collins is being held on a $1,500 bond for battery of an officer.
The crime of Battery on Law Enforcement Officer imposes heightened penalties on civilians who assault officers who are carrying out their public duties. Florida statue 784.07 outlines assault or battery of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical care providers, public transit employees or agents, and other specified officers.
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, depending upon the circumstances, can be classified as a third-degree felony and is assigned a level four offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. If convicted of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, a judge can impose any combination of the following penalties: up to five years in prison, up to five years of probation, and up to $5,000 in fines.
This is not the first time Collins has had battery related run-ins with the law. Less than two weeks before, she had been arrested on a similar charge of battery. That time it had been against an officer, a firefighter, and an emergency medical technician.
No reports have been made as to her mental state or if she has been officially evaluated for mental illness in any of the altercations.
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