Brother, Sister Released From Jail, Arrested Again In Under 30 Minutes
July 27, 2012
A brother and sister released from the Escambia County Jail Wednesday were back behind bars within 30 minutes.
Johnnie Kennie, 24, and his sister, Jennie Kennie, 19, allegedly created a disturbance in an Escambia County courtroom during a murder trial. Court security officers asked Johnnie Kennie to leave, but he became belligerent and starting using profane language throughout the courthouse. Despite the multiple warnings, Kennie continued his tirade and tried to flee the area when deputies tried to arrest him.
As deputies were able to arrest Johnnie Kennie, Jennie Kennie started yelling at the deputies to “get off her brother”. Jennie Kennie was asked to not interfere, but when she continued, she was also arrested and the duo was taken to the Escambia County Jail, where they were booked on charges of disturbing the peace and resisting an officer without violence. The siblings were released two hours later after posting bond.
Authorities said after Johnnie Kennie exited the jail, he started to cause to a second disturbance in the Central Booking and Detention Center lobby. Kennie was upset that the jail kept $50 that he had on him when he was booked, authorities reported. Jail staff explained to Kennie that he owed the jail $200 from his previous stay and the $50 was put toward his debt.
Not satisfied with this response, Johnnie Kennie, Jennie Kennie and Carri Clements preceded to cause a disturbance in the lobby. When officers responded, Johnnie Kennie tried to run across the street, but his shoes and pants restricted his movement and he fell face first into the middle of the street. When deputies attempted to stop Johnnie Kennie, Jennie Kennie attempted to stop one of the deputies by putting her arms straight out, while Carri Clements jumped on the same deputy’s back. All three were charged with disturbing the peace and resisting an officer without violence and re-booked into the Escambia County Jail.