Convicted felon arrested for entering occupied Holly Heights apartment


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Octavian Naquan Arnold, 30, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and resisting arrest after a Holly Heights resident reportedly heard a noise downstairs and saw Arnold in his dining room area.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a call at about 11:50 p.m. about a burglar in a Holly Heights apartment; the victim said he was home with his wife and three children when he heard a noise, walked downstairs, and saw a man in his dining room area. The man ran out the rear sliding glass door; the victim ran after the man but was unable to catch him.

While deputies were at the scene, a 911 call was received from someone who saw a man near an abandoned apartment on the next street. Arnold reportedly ran to his apartment, about a block away, barricaded the door, and hid in the attic. He was apprehended in the attic at about 1:30 a.m.

Arnold has been charged with unarmed burglary of an occupied residence and resisting arrest without violence. He is also facing a sworn complaint for felony battery. Arnold has two violent felony convictions, an out-of-state criminal history, and three active out-of-state warrants. Judge Meshon Rawls set bail at $50,000.

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  • Give him the addresses to defense attorneys and the DA. Then see how fast they lock him up for good.

    • JeffK, I’ll see that bet and raise you a couple commissioners’ addresses.

      I bet they’ll turn the lights off.

  • if I woke up to this felon in my dining room, there would have been a different ending.

  • Aww…. yes indeed….the usual suspects and miscreants at our favorite section 8 complex. A place you don’t want to find yourself in after dark.

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