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Pair charged in bottle attack

MardreakusCounty deputies filed criminal complaints against a number of persons allegedly involved in physical attacks over the Thanksgiving weekend and in the days leading up to it.

One of the incidents sent Andrew Shaw, 25, of Sanderson to Fraser Hospital late on November 21 for treatment of lacerations to both of his hands and on his face, injuries he claimed resulted when he was hit repeatedly with a beer bottle.

Mr. Shaw told Deputy Patrick McGauley he was attacked by Mardreakus Ford, 19, of Sanderson and Arlee Givens, 20, of Macclenny about 11 pm outside the community center north of Sanderson on CR 229.

The two allegedly targeted him based on statements Mr. Shaw made to a female acquaintance concerning a third party.

Mr. Givens was arrested the following morning after running from Deputy Robert Simpkins following a traffic stop north of Sanderson.


The deputy said he chased the suspect down in a wooded area near Clayton Ave. shortly after 10 am when he ran from a Givens2002 PT Cruiser that police had been looking for since the attack on Mr. Shaw. When the suspect refused to show one of his hands while lying on the ground, Deputy Simpkins administered a Taser shock to his back.

He was arrested for resisting without violence and possession of a small amount of marijuana, a hypodermic needle and a rubber strap commonly used while injecting drugs.

Those items were discovered later after the PT Cruiser was towed from the scene. The vehicle’s owner, Kathy Harding, 43, of Sanderson, told police she allowed Mr. Givens to borrow it the previous evening.

Mr. Givens later at county jail denied involvement in the attack, and Mr. Ford was not located by police searching the area.

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