Palm Bay woman slaps officer, police say

Marslyn Agatha Verna Taylor arrested

Marslyn Agatha Verna Taylor.
Marslyn Agatha Verna Taylor.

PALM BAY, Fla. – A 22- year-old Palm Bay woman who police say slapped an officer in the face after the officer attempted to talk with her, will face a judge next month.

Marslyn Agatha Verna Taylor was arrested and charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence after police were called to a home in the 400 block of Ralwood Lane Northeast to investigate reports of a fight. The officer was not seriously injured, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

“The officer is doing fine,” said Mike Bandish, spokesman for the Palm Bay Police Department. “There were no serious injuries.”

Police said Taylor’s mother called them on Aug. 3, saying that her daughter had struck her during a confrontation.

A police officer arrived at the home the same night and approached Taylor after she attempted to get into a car.

Police said Taylor began walking away from the officer, ignoring his commands and heading toward the residence.

The police officer grabbed Taylor by the shoulder to stop her but Taylor refused to turn around to face the officer, according to police reports. The officer attempted to grab her arm again and Taylor turned around and slapped him in the face, reports show.  Police said Taylor continued to struggle with the officer. The officer then wrestled her to the ground and placed her in handcuffs

She was booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex, posted a $7,000 bond and was released, court records show.

Taylor is set to have a hearing on the charges 8 a.m. on September 13 at the Moore Justice Center.