PBSO: Glades man suspected in shooting fought deputies over DNA sample

MacKenson Jeanbaptiste

MacKenson Jeanbaptiste

When four deputies showed up to a Belle Glade man’s home Wednesday with a warrant for his DNA, he fought and threatened to kill the law enforcement officers, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports.

MacKenson Jean Baptiste, 26, faces four charges of battery on law enforcement officers, six charges of harming a public servant and an obstruction of justice charge.

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While in the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday morning, Jean Baptiste still hadn’t agreed to give up a DNA sample, court records show. Circuit Judge Joseph Marx made it a condition of Jean Baptiste’s release on bond from jail that he provide the sample to law enforcement, as well as pay $15,000 in bail.

The deputies obtained a warrant for Jean Baptiste’s DNA because he is suspected in a recent Glades shooting, the arrest report says.

Jean Baptiste kicked and spat at deputies when they served the warrant, the report says. He pushed one officer to the ground and kicked another repeatedly as they tried to restrain him.

During the struggle, Jean Baptiste said: “I am going to kill you all. I see how it is,” the report says.

He threatened to do “Voodoo” on the officers, they said in the report.

Jean Baptiste remained in county jail as of Thursday afternoon.

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