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February 22, 2012
FSU running back James Wilder Jr. arrested
Florida State running back James Wilder Jr. was arrested Wednesday on felony counts of resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer.
Wilder was bonded out on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a statement released by the Leon County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday night, Wilder was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence, but an officer at the Leon County Jail said Wednesday that Wilder was charged with obstruction with violence.
According to the release, deputies came to Wilder's apartment on Wednesday afternoon in search of a 20-year-old woman, Bianca Camarda, who had failed to appear in court. Wilder allowed the deputies in, and the woman was hiding in the bathroom. She was taken into custody without incident.
As a deputy escorted the woman to a patrol car, Wilder, 19, began to tell the deputy that the woman was not going to jail. The release states that Wilder stepped between the deputy and the woman and pushed the officer. The officer unholstered his taser and advised Wilder that he would be tased if he continued to interfere.
The release says Wilder began "yelling obscenities" while still saying the woman would not be going to jail.
Wilder was then placed under arrest.
Tallahassee defense attorney Tim Jansen told the Tallahassee Democrat that Wilder did not touch the officer.
Wilder had 35 carries for 161 yards and a touchdown as a freshman in 2011 and scored a touchdown in the Seminoles' 35-30 loss at Wake Forest. He also caught two passes for 14 yards.
Wilder is the third player to be arrested since December. Freshman linebacker Arrington Jenkins was arrested for felony vehicular theft and was expected to transfer to a junior college. He redshirted in 2011. Days prior, junior cornerback Avis Commack was arrested and charged with the alleged theft of an iPad. Commack, who graduated from FSU in December, will play his senior season at Akron. Neither player made the trip to Orlando for the Champs Sports Bowl.
Wilder will not be permitted to participate in athletic events until felony charges are resolved per FSU policy.
Wilder, a Tampa native, was the No. 2-ranked running back and the No. 11 overall player in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals.com.
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