James Wilder Jr. of Tallahassee, Florida was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly obstructing a law enforcement officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. Both of the charges are felonies. His girlfriend, Bianca Camarda, was also arrested for failing to appear in court. The couple was booked and released from Leon County Jail; Wilder paid $2000 bail bond, $1000 per charge.
Although some reports have indicated that Wilder, 19, was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer without violence, Leon County Jail records, including the booking report and police report, indicate that he was in fact charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer with violence. Both of Wilder’s charges are felonies. This is the first time he has ever been arrested.
According to the arrest report, the incident took place at around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. the officers came to Camarda’s residence in search of Camarda, 20, who had failed to appear at a Tuesday hearing regarding a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge. More details on the charge are not currently available. Upon arrival, Wilder answered the door and allowed the officers to enter his residence in order to look for Camarda, who they found hiding in a bathroom.
When the officers escorted Camarda out of the residence in handcuffs, Wilder allegedly followed them out, saying that Camarda was not going to jail. The arrest report states that Wilder then stepped between his girlfriend and one of the police officers and shoved the officer away. The deputy reportedly drew his taser and told Wilder that he would use it on him if he did not stop being belligerent, at which point Wilder allegedly started yelling obscenities at the officers and saying that Camarda was not going to jail. He was then arrested.
Wilder’s criminal defense attorney says that the whole thing was a big misunderstanding. He says that Wilder’s girlfriend had received a text message from a public defender stating that the hearing was on Wednesday, and that Wilder had been trying to show the officers the message. “I don’t know how it happened, but he tried to show the officer the text and the officer, I guess, felt like he was interfering with him. [Wilder] was trying to let the officer know that there was a mistake…. obviously, you’re not going to talk an officer out of arresting somebody when he has a warrant. That’s not really the officer’s job,” said the lawyer to the press. “Hopefully we can resolve this. We certainly don’t want [Wilder’s] career to end because of this,” he added.
Wilder a freshman at Florida State University, where he ran for 160 yards and a touchdown in his first season. His father is James Wilder, played in the NFL for 10 years. The younger Wilder has been suspended from the FSU football team because of team protocol stating that a felony charge will result in suspension. Once proceedings relating to the charges have been completed, Wilder will be allowed to rejoin the team.