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56-year-old Citra woman fights removal from church

Tammy Maria West

A Citra woman put up a fight while she was being arrested for trespassing at a church.

Tammy Maria West, 56, was charged Wednesday with resisting an officer without violence and trespassing. She’ll remain at the Marion County Jail until the end of her sentence on July 23.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to Sparr United Methodist Church, 13100 NE Jacksonville Road, there the pastor reported that West had been previously trespassed and was now sleeping on the property. The pastor provided a copy of the trespass warning and said he wanted to pursue charges, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The deputy made contact with West, who was sleeping under a canopy. She was making statements indicating she was refusing to leave. When told she was going to be arrested for trespass after warning, West refused to stand up and said multiple times she wasn’t going to jail. She continued to passively resist the deputy’s orders for several minutes before finally standing up, the report said.

Once on her feet, West said she wasn’t going to jail and started walking away. The deputy grabbed West’s left arm and she started trying to pull away. The deputy was able to place West’s left arm behind her back and put a handcuff on it, but she continued to actively resist by bracing her right arm in front of her and holding on to a picnic table, according to the report.

The deputy was able to pull West’s hand off the table and completely secure her in handcuffs and place her under arrest. While being walked to the patrol car, West laid down on the ground and wouldn’t move. Once inside the patrol car, she tried to step out of the vehicle while the door was open. West was taken to jail without further incident, the report said.

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