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Disabled Man on Conditional Release Arrested for Similar Crime

A man out of jail on conditional release for charges related to an incident with his ex-girlfriend was arrested for many charges after allegedly breaking into her home and snatching her purse from her.

In 2021, after a particularly problematic breakup, a man in Gainesville, Florida, had an interaction with his ex that led to criminal charges for robbery by sudden snatching. The woman accused him of getting in her car without permission and stealing her car keys twice, in addition to grabbing her by the throat. When he went to court, it was determined that he needed outpatient mental health treatment so he would be seen as having the competency to go through the legal process. He was ordered to live with a family member by being monitored by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and he was barred from having any contact with the alleged victim.

On the morning of February 23, the man allegedly went to his ex-girlfriend’s residence and walked in. The woman was home at the time, and he allegedly grabbed her purse, which she was holding at the time, and caused the strap to break. She told him to get out, and she notified the authorities.

When they arrived at her home, the officers saw the man hanging out by one of the residence’s windows. They believed he was trying to break in, and when he saw the police, he reportedly ran into a nearby home.

The officers reported that they had to use a Taser on him, and he was detained without further incident.

The suspect was taken into custody and booked into the Alachua County Jail. He is facing several charges including felony battery (second or subsequent battery), aggravated stalking, three counts of unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, two counts of resisting or obstructing an officer without violence, and one count of robbery by sudden snatching (without a firearm or weapon). He was given a $520,000 bond for these charges, but he will be held without bond because he was on conditional release for the prior case at the time the new charges were incurred.

If you or someone you love is suspected of a criminal offense, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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