Deputies arrest man for brutalizing woman and for fighting/biting a deputy sheriff and EMS personnel
On Monday, March 6, 2017, PCSO deputies arrested 26-year-old Shawn Watkins for beating up and sexually abusing a woman he knew, and then violently attacking law enforcement and EMS personnel. He is facing multiple charges including; two counts battery on law enforcement officer (F-3), five counts battery on firefighter/emergency medical (F-3), one count destroying/tampering with physical evidence (F-3), one count kidnapping inflicting bodily harm (F-1), one count false imprisonment (F-3), sexual battery with physical force (FL), and domestic violence (M-1).
According to the affidavit, the victim, whose name is protected under per F.S.S. 119 (any identifying information about victims of sexual battery are confidential and exempt), reported to PCSO that she had been kidnapped, struck in the face multiple times, choked, sexually battered, and held against her will.
Watkins forcibly brought her to his home, sexually battered her against her will, battered her, and repeatedly threatened her with more violence. The victim was able to flee.
Watkins was arrested and taken into custody. During the arrest Watkins struck and bit a deputy sheriff, two EMS employees, and 3 firefighters. Watkins was additionally charged with seven counts of battery on LEO/EMS/FIRE. He is being held in the Polk County Jail on no bond until first appearance today.
Watkins has two previous arrests in Polk County for battery and battery domestic violence.