18-year-old and two juveniles arrested with drugs, handguns, and AR-15


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Emanuel Leon Baker III, 18, was arrested Sunday morning along with two juveniles and charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A Gainesville Police Department Officer responded at 2:45 a.m. to a call about juveniles trespassing at The Polos apartment complex. Security guards working at the complex told the officer that this has been a recurring issue and that the juveniles had previously been seen in a white Mazda. The juveniles fled the area when law enforcement arrived, but security called 911 again later, saying they’d found the juveniles in the parking lot.

The officer found several teenagers, male and female, in the car and reportedly smelled fresh marijuana coming from the car. After the occupants had been asked to get out of the car, a search of the car reportedly found a handgun on the driver’s floorboard and another handgun under the front passenger seat. Both were loaded with a round in the chamber and readily accessible to the occupants of the car. A loaded AR-15 was reportedly found in the trunk of the car.

Baker reportedly said the car and AR-15 were his.

One of the juveniles said the pistol under the front passenger seat was his and that he stole it from a vehicle about a month ago. Another juvenile said the pistol on the driver’s side floorboard was his and that he stole it from a white F-150 truck about two weeks ago.

Baker was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for knowingly allowing the two juveniles to be in the car and to possess marijuana and stolen firearms.

Baker was released on a signature bond.

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  • Why did he not get arrested for having a AR??? I thought you couldn’t have gun if ur under 21.. crazy these kids have weapons of war on our streets 😳

    • You’re allowed to purchase a gun at 18 you’re not allowed to have a license permit until 21

    • Rifles and shotguns may be purchased by a person who is at least 18 when that person is a law enforcement officer or correctional officer as defined in F.S. 943.10 or service member as defined in F.S. 250.01.

      • OG: Are you an FFL that has sold a gun to an 18 year old as per the FL statute you just sighted? You had them fill out a 4473 and got a background check from the FDLE and an approval #?

  • The Polos used to be “luxury student” apartments, built when student loan industry began to feed the local rental market. Now they’re old and taken over by SWAG section 8 migrants. Sad byproduct of Obama child tax credit and Childrens Trust breeding reward subsidies.

  • So a homeless dude shoves a Subway food worker and gets a $5000 bond. This gangsta punk, with stoned minors in his car, with 2 loaded stolen pistols and a military rifle and walks after a signature?

    This is Nuts!

  • Read the article genius’s he was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of minors, the handguns knowingly being in his vehicle with minors.

    The sad part is if they’d went for the dui due to the marijuana he would’ve suffered more than what he’ll end up with.

    I also would like to point out anyone who had a medical marijuana card and was using couldn’t legally own or purchase a firearm the form has a question that’s something similar to (are you a user or under the influence of any illegal drugs?) if you said no you lied on the ffl paperwork.

    Why because Marijuana wasn’t federally legal yet & still may not be.

    Good talk.

    • Are you an FFL? The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. I think Nikki Fried has a weed card & a CWP. Arrest her!

  • They need to start publishing these minors names! They aren’t children out at 2:30am with weed and guns, they’re criminals!

  • The security company names is signal security any security needs any apartment have problems with break in or juvenile problems signal security is the company to call to get services for your property they can be contacted at 352-678-5886

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