BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tyler Deontae Bukas-Johnson, 28, was arrested last night after allegedly punching multiple people who were eating at Crane Ramen.
At 7:00 p.m., Gainesville Police Department officers responded to multiple calls reporting that a man was running around and punching people at 16 SW 1st Avenue. Only one victim was still at the scene when officers arrived, but several witnesses told officers they saw Bukas-Johnson approach the victim from behind and punch her on the back of the head with a closed fist while she sat outside the restaurant.
Bukas-Johnson was found walking away from the restaurant and was detained. He allegedly tensed his arms and tried to kick and spit at officers multiple times while being placed in the patrol car.
Bukas-Johnson has five felony convictions and has served two state prison sentences, with his most recent release in March 2022. He was most recently arrested on October 30 and was sentenced to 60 days in jail on a charge of drug possession in a plea deal; he was released at 2:00 a.m. on December 17.
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