BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Antonio Dewayne Price, 37, was arrested yesterday morning after allegedly snatching a purse in the Cedar Grove area of northeast Gainesville, then running into the woods to avoid capture.
A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to a report of an armed robbery; the caller reportedly said a suspect by the name of “Dwayne Price” snatched her purse and ran into her back yard. When the officer arrived, the caller directed him to her back yard, where he reportedly saw a man, later identified as Price, searching through a purse. The officer commanded Price to show his hands, then Price allegedly looked at the officer and ran into the woods that bordered the caller’s property. The officer pursued Price on foot, continuing to issue verbal commands to stop, and was able to apprehend and detain Price. The officer reported finding the purse abandoned in Price’s flight path.
In the purse, the officer reportedly found a handgun, four baggies with 35.8 grams of “molly” and 6.9 grams of cocaine, a scale, and a razor blade. Post Miranda, Price reportedly admitted to possession of the handgun and the drugs.
Price has been charged with possession of trafficking amounts of phenethylamines, possession of cocaine, possession of drug equipment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and resisting arrest without violence. He was also charged with domestic battery from a July 31 incident and has two pending criminal traffic cases for driving without a valid license. Price has 11 felony convictions and 10 misdemeanor convictions; he has served four state prison sentences and was most recently released in September of 2020. He is being held on a combined $190,000 bond.
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