Justin Watkins arrested on felony charges

University of Florida freshman Justin Watkins was booked at Alachua Country Jail today and remains in custody as of publishing.

Court records show that Watkins is facing four felony charges including two counts of battery, kidnapping/false imprisonment and domestic battery by strangulation. The two battery charges are First Degree Misdemeanors, while the following two charges are both third degree felonies.

According to Alachua Country court records there is no bond set as of 5:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

Watkins was arrested in May and booked in Marion County Jail after an incident with a female. Watkins allegedly followed the accuser to a gas station where she alleges that he kicked her car and broke her phone. A police affidavit from that incident shows that Watkins was charged with trespassing on public school grounds. He was released less than 24 hours after being booked on a $500 bond.

Watkins has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.

“Justin Watkins has been suspended immediately from team activities,” Dan Mullen said in a release from a UF team spokesperson.

Justin Watkins mugshot provided by Alachua County Clerk of Courts
Justin Watkins mugshot provided by Alachua County Clerk of Courts

Gator Country will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC