Ex-bouncer who sued Jaguars player arrested

Traffic stop leads to charges of assault, resisting arrest

Booking photo of Kasim Howard
Booking photo of Kasim Howard

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – The former bouncer at the Conch House who claimed then-Jaguars player Maurice Jones-Drew punched him during a Reggae Sunday altercation was arrested Saturday night by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office after a traffic stop.

A deputy tried to pull Kasim Howard over for having the wrong tag on his truck. Howard slowed, but did not stop for about a half-mile, finally stopping next to a building on U.S. 1, according to the deputy.

The deputy got out of the patrol car with his gun in hand, and Howard also got out, leaving the truck door open. He started swearing at the deputy and was holding a jacket, the deputy said.

Howard initially refused to show the deputy his hands. He eventually did but was close enough to the open truck door that the deputy was concerned he could access a possible weapon in the vehicle.

The deputy tried to get Howard into handcuffs, but he resisted and another deputy who arrived for backup deployed a Taser on Howard, who stopped resisting, the police report said.

Howard is charged with simple assault and resisting police and was cited for the improper tag.

Howard sued Jones-Drew over the Conch House incident, and the lawsuit was settled through arbitration and later dropped. Jones-Drew did not face any criminal charges.