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Couple attacked while walking downtown; victim charged with concealed carry offense

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Two men were arrested on March 27 after a man allegedly attacked a group of people walking downtown: Antwan Jerome Downs, 21, of Ocklawaha (pictured above), was arrested for simple battery, and Adam Benjamin Cameron, 28, of Ocala, who was punched in the face, was arrested for a concealed weapon violation after he pulled out a gun, hoping that Downs’ group would leave.

According to information provided by Gainesville Police Department (GPD) in addition to the two arrest reports, a group of people that included Cameron and some friends was walking near the Southwest Parking Garage (100 SW 3rd Street) at about 2:09 a.m. on March 27 when Downs, who was also with a group, walked up and struck Cameron’s girlfriend in the face with a closed fist and pushed her down. Cameron was also hit in the face with a closed fist and was “bleeding profusely from his nose.”

The officer who arrested Cameron wrote that he observed the two groups in a verbal altercation and then saw Cameron produce a gun and pull the slide back to chamber a round. Post Miranda, Cameron, who does not have a concealed carry permit, reportedly said that after he and his girlfriend were attacked, he went to get the gun out of his truck “to defend them.” He said he had chambered a round in the hope that the other group would leave.

Downs, who is on probation for a reckless driving charge in Marion County, was released on his own recognizance. Cameron has no record and was also released on his own recognizance. Both are facing misdemeanor charges.

GPD spokesman Graham Glover said that although there were other people with Downs, they were not involved in the incident, and it is unknown whether anybody in the two groups knew each other prior to the incident.

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