Crime

Mother, son charged with attacking deputies at Manatee fair

MANATEE — A mother and son were arrested at the Manatee County fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon after detectives tried to determine whether the man was a suspect in a robbery, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

When detectives asked for Jonathan Spearman's identification about 5:30 p.m., he refused and tried to walk away. He refused to be escorted from the fairgrounds for trespassing and got into a physical struggle with three detectives, who took him to the ground, according to a news release.

During the struggle, Spearman put his hand around one of the detective's neck and tried to grab his gun. The detectives "drive stunned" him several times but it didn't have an effect as he was able to swat away the Taser, according to the report.

A fourth detective was about to intervene when Spearman's mother, Yolanda Brown, 40, attacked him, ripping his shirt and scratching his chest. The detective took her to the ground, and during the struggle Brown bit his hand, drawing blood, according to the sheriff's office.

After he was arrested, Spearman told a detective that he had "just snapped."

Spearman faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and attempted depriving officer of a firearm. He was released from jail after posting bonds totaling $3,500.

Brown faces charges of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and obstruction. She was being held without bond.

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