Additional charges added to man arrested Sunday for burglary and aggravated assault


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Additional charges were filed yesterday against James Russell Davis, 47, who was arrested Sunday and charged with burglary and aggravated assault after allegedly walking into an occupied house and later intentionally trying to hit another vehicle.

According to the new arrest reports, Davis has been accused of sending written threats on January 25 to a man who lived in a separate structure on the same rental property in a neighborhood behind Stephen Foster Elementary School. The victim told a Gainesville Police Department officer that he and other tenants had discovered disturbing Facebook posts from Davis “that referenced irrational jibberish of dark satanic witchery along with national political events.” The victim heard loud music blaring from Davis’ residence and sent him a text to ask if he was okay, but Davis reportedly replied, “Call 911 they will send GPD to meet the Army and the Marines,” “ASO runs this country and they report to me, nerds,” and “Call Sheriff Clovis right now and tell him General Jimmy Dick is tickling your taint.” Another message read, “You are still in delusion, that isn’t your reality, call 911, I will f***ing cut your head off and roll it down the middle of the street while the Sheriff watches.” The victim interpreted these texts as a threat to his life but officers were unable to locate Davis at the time.

On January 27, the GPD Crisis Intervention counseling team made contact with Davis at his residence; he reportedly ended up resisting and was transported to the hospital under the Baker Act for psychological treatment. On January 29, the events described in the previous article demonstrated “further delirium,” and in between the alleged burglary and attempt to hit another vehicle, Davis allegedly struck the Trek Bicycle building at 1700 NW 13th Street and left without leaving any information; he reportedly caused about $500 in damage to the building and about $3,000 in damage to his own vehicle.

A witness in the area saw the hit-and-run and followed Davis’ vehicle. Other citizens assisted in blocking in his vehicle, at which point Davis left his vehicle, fled on foot, and was captured by officers.

Charges of hit and run and sending a written death threat have been added to Davis’ previous charges of burglary, aggravated assault, fleeing, and resisting arrest. Davis has one felony conviction and is currently on probation for aggravated assault. Judge Susan Miller-Jones added $70,000 to his previous bail of $152,000.

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. 

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