18-year-old Hawthorne man charged with firearm theft and unlawful concealed carry

Staff report

HAWTHORNE, Fla. – Jamal Alie Bouie, 18, was arrested yesterday and charged with grand theft of a firearm and unlawful concealed carry after deputies allegedly found a firearm in his backpack.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report that juveniles were handling a firearm in the area of 21500 SE 60th Road in Hawthorne at about 1:50 p.m. yesterday, and the first deputy to arrive saw three juveniles in the area. The deputy reported that one of the three left as he approached, and the other two said the one who left was Bouie and that he had shown them a gun he had taken from a bag. They reportedly said he carries the gun for protection.

The deputy reportedly found Bouie near 6200 SE 215th Street, and Bouie allegedly gave a false name when asked to identify himself. The deputy reported that Bouie initially admitted having a gun but quickly said he didn’t; he then became non-compliant, started backing away from deputies, and reached toward his backpack.

Deputies detained Bouie to keep him from arming himself; at that point, Bouie reportedly said he was 18 and had a gun in his backpack. A search of the backpack reportedly produced a Springfield XDS 45 with one round in the magazine; the gun was reported stolen out of Flagler County in 2021.

Post Miranda, Bouie reportedly would not say where he got the gun but said he carried it for protection.

Criminal history and bail information is unavailable on weekends.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Seems city & county leaders should refocus their focus to a specific group.

    Some are allegedly carrying more than one firearm for protection even when they’re not authorized by law. Don’t you think you should carry at least one for the same reason?
    The obvious answer is “yes.”

  • You got a bright future ahead of you young man.
    Keep up the good thug work!
    Next thing you know you’ll make Trustee, then House Man in your housing pod.

  • This needs to stop. When will the black community stop allowing their youth to grow up without being prepared to succeed in adult life?

    • Better question is, “when will they be willing to acknowledge and recognize the hazards that prevent their youth from growing up?”

      Makes one wonder if they believe any lives matter.

    • Let’s start charging parents with “Child Abuse” for allowing children to possess a weapon. Maybe parents will wake up and be responsible for their child. City Commissioner’s at jail and at their First Appearance. So, they can actually see what is happening to our “City” because of their policies. Remember when they took down the signs warning about drugs coming into the county.

  • Another upstanding youth adhering to the law of streets. Have a stolen handgun, not old enough to even possess the handgun. And made furtive movement that some day will get him shot by law enforcement doing their jobs. I find it odd that seems to be the defense or reasoning by these criminals for possessing a gun is to protect themselves. But protect themselves from who?

    • He’s seen enough TV news to know just how to hit the ghetto lottery by not complying.

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