JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 13-year veteran with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was arrested in Clay County on Monday after he was accused of throwing an unopened beer can at a woman’s face. The impact from the strike cut the woman’s lip, according to an arrest report obtained by News4JAX on Wednesday.
The woman, who was not identified in the report, told Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigators the act was unprovoked, saying JSO Officer Jamie Alexander threw a beer can at her after she noticed he was in a bad mood and not speaking to anyone while they were both hanging out at an area of Black Creek known as “Redneck Beach.”
The woman told deputies both she and Alexander, 41, were drinking on Saturday; she had about two mixed drinks and he had about 11 beers. The woman said Alexander was on the back of a boat by himself facing out when she approached him from the water. After an exchange, he threw the beer at her, she said.
After the incident, investigators found blood on the boat and a cut on her lip. Multiple witnesses were interviewed but their statements are redacted in the arrest report. At one point, Alexander called one of the witnesses while investigators were there, but that conversation was also redacted in the report.
Investigators later called Alexander, but he would not meet with deputies, according to the report. Eventually, Alexander turned himself in on Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a simple battery charge, a misdemeanor.
The arrest report noted the incident was the third involving the same woman and Alexander in Clay County and the woman was provided resources for domestic violence survivors. The report did not make mention of what happened in the other incidents.
JSO announced Alexander’s arrest in an email to the media on Tuesday but did not release the details of the accusation.
Alexander appeared before a judge on Tuesday and was released without bond. His next scheduled court date is July 17. He is not allowed to consume alcohol or have contact with the woman involved in the incident.
JSO said Alexander has worked with the agency for over 13 years and has been administratively reassigned pending the completion of the criminal case. At the time of his arrest, he was assigned to the Patrol Support Division in the Specialized Patrol Section.
News4JAX interviewed Alexander in 2022 when he was serving as part of JSO’s horse-mounted unit.
News4JAX also requested Alexander’s administrative investigation history from JSO. It showed that he was involved in a “chargeable traffic crash” in 2017 and received training. He also received an “in-house complaint” in 2021 for improper action and that was sustained. The report News4JAX received did not give details about what happened with that complaint but Alexander received formal counseling in 2022.
Alexander’s arrest marks the seventh arrest of a JSO employee so far this year.
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