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.
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.
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