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Date of Issue: October 14, 2009

Holmes Beach jail inmate rearrested for disturbance

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has added charges to James H. Royals, 55, of Holmes Beach, who was already being held in the Manatee County jail on charges of violation of probation and driving without a license.



 Royals’ previous charges included three counts of possession of a controlled substance, aggravated assault with a firearm and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, stemming from a January arrest at the Anchor Inn, Holmes Beach.

According to the newest arrest, which occurred at the jail, at about 3 a.m. Oct. 7, a deputy was conducting an inmate count in the jail when she heard a man yelling.

On investigation, the deputy saw inmate Royals bent over, holding his stomach.

As she went up the stairway to the second floor, the deputy asked Royals if he was yelling. Royals replied, "Come over here and I will show you." The deputy opened the cell door and Royals came out of the door and pushed the deputy with both hands on her upper body.

The deputy was knocked backwards into the railing. The deputy attempted to gain control of Royals by grabbing his left arm, but Royals broke free and pushed past the deputy.

He then ran downstairs while the deputy called for assistance. The deputy followed Royals downstairs and Royals ran toward the deputy as if he was going to hit her, so she pushed Royals and he fell back on the wall. The deputy told Royals to stop, saying he did not want to do this.

According to the report, Royals replied, "Yes, I do."

The deputy continued to attempt to restrain Royals until assistance arrived.

He was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. He remains in the Manatee County jail without bail bond.

Royals was on probation for the January charges and his driver’s license had been revoked for two years. He was stopped by officers while driving Oct. 2.

Mike Quinn is publisher of, a news partner of The Islander.