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Alachua man arrested for waving gun at Gardenia Gardens

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kidron Anthony Mayes, 21, of Alachua, was arrested yesterday evening after allegedly yelling and waving a red Glock 19 at people who were standing outdoors at Gardenia Gardens apartments.

Gainesville Police Department officers responded to a call at 5:20 p.m. yesterday about a man waving a red gun at people at the apartment complex. One victim reportedly told an officer that she was outside with many other people, including children, when she saw a man get out of a gold Impala and start yelling. She reportedly said she didn’t know what he was yelling, but he pulled a red gun from his waistband and waved it around. She gave a description of the man, who was reportedly wearing orange pants and no shirt. She said that people in the area ran in fear for their lives. At least one other victim reportedly confirmed the story of the first victim.

A caller reportedly told the 911 dispatcher that the Impala was seen leaving the apartment complex and that the driver had been threatening people with a firearm. That caller also provided a description of a man wearing orange pants, no shirts, and a gold chain.

An officer located the Impala and conducted a traffic stop, and other officers arrived to help detain the driver. After the driver, identified as Mayes, was detained, officers approached the car and reportedly saw a red Glock 19 in plain view on the passenger seat. They also reportedly found 98.4 grams of marijuana in a bag on the passenger seat.

Mayes has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. He is on pre-trial release from an August 2022 arrest for failing to leave a store that employs his former girlfriend; he has a standing no-contact order with her and allegedly refused to leave after being asked by the store manager.

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Mayes has a juvenile criminal history and two adult felony convictions. He was charged with three felonies in a 2021 domestic battery case, but all the charges were dropped. A 2021 felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell was also dropped. He served just under a year in the county jail after being convicted on charges of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug equipment in 2019; he was originally sentenced to probation but was sent to jail after violating the probation.

Judge Thomas Jaworski set bail at $600,000.

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. 

  • Section 8 GG is a breeding beehive of crime, sponsored by a black church. Go figure.

    • SO STUPID. CRIME HAPPENS ANYWHERE. AND THE ARTICLE SAID NOTHING ABOUT A CHURCH. YOU WERE BROUGHT UP WITH NO MORALS. I BET YOU WONT GO OUT THERE AND SAY WHAT YOU SAID!! GO FIGURE THAT!! DONT STAND BEHIND A PAGE AND SAY THINGS THAT YOU WILL NOT SAY PERSON.. THE GUY WHO SHOT UP THE SCHOOL. I WOULD NEVER PUT A PLACE OF GOD AS THE BLAME OR EVEN MENTION A WHITE CHURCH. BECAUSE THATS IGNORANT AND IRRELEVANT TO SAY!!

      • You know he’s a coward who feels like he’d 8ft tall behind a screen.. this paper breeds racist comments 😒 day after day what a joke 😑 of a paper

        • There’s a plethora of left leaning news mediums you can obtain your filtered news articles from.

          Local Gainesville rag …oh wait! You have to be a paid subscriber.

      • The apartments are originally sponsored by a church years ago. That relationship has long been severed. Crime dies happen every where but when it comes to the east side of town the media overly reports it.

        • I regularly see reports in the Chronicle about crime on the west side. Shouldn’t the news media report situations where someone threatens several innocent people, including children, with lethal violence, regardless of location?

    • Like the same stuff doesn’t go on In trailer parks in Alachua Or Newberry or high springs or Meth’d out Keystone.. All sponsored by White evangelicals who still worship a orange God..

      • A clear case of chronic TDS! Still can’t get over it huh? What an original name. I guess you worship a frail, senile frequently lost white man who can’t stop rubbing and kissing 12 yo girls or even remember who he is half the time. Known by the entire world to be a laughing stock and disaster of a leader. You can keep loving China Joe and boy Hunter. Maybe he’ll share some of those kids he fondles with you.

    • You are a very ignorant and racist person. Please Jeff get some help. And before you start with oh you must be black or with a black man etc. I am very white, I am married to a white man. But I do have many black friends, several elderly, and pay attention to a lot more that you do obviously. All you see is what your ignorant mind tells you to see. Being able to step in to their places for a moment changed me for life. It’s not just people talking of in equality it is real. Even within the employment of local government.

  • Possession of a firearm by another convicted felon. Laws being obeyed again.l

    Is it the need to protect themselves or the desire to commit more crimes? Is it worth not being prepared if you’re legally able to find out which?

    Better prepare yourself – they are.

    • As stated at the end of every article about an arrest, the article is based on the narrative in the arrest report. Ideally, the facts will be determined at trial, although of course few people go to trial any more. But until the case is resolved, everything is alleged.

    • Nonsense Joe. Most every crime seen on TV or newspaper refer to any accused as “allegedly” being the perpetrator even when caught red handed on video. That’s the process, until convicted. If the story stated he definitely did x,y,z everyone would be outraged.

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