72-year-old Ocala man tased twice after allegedly throwing water in deputy’s face

Everard Arbour

An Ocala man accused of throwing a cup of water in a Marion County sheriff’s deputy’s face was tased twice Tuesday night after he refused to leave a farm at the owner’s request.

The deputy responded to a residence in the 6400 block of N U.S. Hwy. 27 in Ocala and when he arrived, the property owner said she wanted 72-year-old Everard Arnold Arbour trespassed from her property. The deputy then approached Arbour and asked him to leave the property, but he refused to do so, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy asked Arbour to leave two more times and told him he would be arrested if he didn’t comply. He then approached Arbour and he threw what appeared to be a cup of water in the deputy’s face, which temporarily disabled his police radio, the report says.

Arbour then stood up and aggressively approached the deputy while refusing commands to get back and stop. The deputy was forced to deploy his Taser twice while Arbour continued to approach him, the report says.

Arbour refused commands to roll onto his stomach and place his hands straight out to his sides. Other deputies arrived and attempted to help place Arbour in handcuffs, but he stiffened his arms and tried rolling back and forth, the report says.

Arbour eventually was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence. He is being held on $3,000 bond and is due in court on Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

Arbour is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, having been held in the jail seven times since February 2013. During those arrests he’s faced a multitude of charges, including aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, petit theft, armed burglary with assault, burglary of a conveyance, unarmed burglary, trespassing in a structure or conveyance, criminal mischief, retail petit theft and trespassing (failure to leave a property upon order by owner).