Children on bus during break-in attempt

Camara FordLaw enforcement was called Sept. 4 after a Pace man allegedly tried to enter a school bus with children inside.

Dispatch informed deputies of a man running around with his hands in his pockets on Hamilton Bridge Road at approximately 7:40 a.m.

According to the arrest report, Camara Ford, 21, jumped onto the side of school bus 534 and hung on the door handle with children inside. The bus driver advised they were afraid because one of Ford’s hands remained in his pocket while he continued to hang onto the side of the bus.

When deputies located Ford, he jumped out of the woods on Hamilton Bridge Road and Sanborn Drive. He continued to jog past the deputies with his left hand shoved inside the front side of his pants. Deputies tried to speak with Ford and asked him to show his hands, but Ford refused and began sprinting east bound on Hamilton Bridge Road.

After continued loud verbal commands to stop and show his hands and warning of being tased, Ford refused. Due to possibly concealing a weapon and refusing to obey verbal commands, a deputy tased the back side of Ford and detained him.

Later, officials determined the suspect did not have a weapon, according to the report.

Ford was charged with misdemeanor trespassing on school property and misdemeanor resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into Santa Rosa County Jail on a bond of $1,500. He remained in jail as of Friday afternoon.

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