Deputies arrest 14-time felon with loaded gun on RTS bus


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joshua Emmanuel Hall, 36, was arrested today on a warrant for felony criminal conspiracy, trafficking in narcotics, and using a two-way communications device to facilitate a felony. He was also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, trafficking in synthetic narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony.

Hall was arrested on the warrant while exiting an RTS bus in downtown Gainesville. In a search incident to arrest, deputies reportedly found a trafficking amount of synthetic narcotics, a loaded firearm, a scale, and additional ammunition.

Hall has 14 felony convictions and has served four state prison terms, with his most recent release in November 2020. He was most recently arrested in October 2021 for domestic battery and damaging a TV; he was on probation at the time. After pleading nolo contendere to the charges, he was sentenced to 228 days in jail with credit for 228 days served.

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  • He’s less of a criminal than our county commission with their self voted double salary.

  • Nice to see he covered most the bases. If you’re going to commit crimes you might as well.
    Can’t leave without this friendly reminder…if you’re able and legally permitted, better protect yourself & your family, LEOs are busy.

    • Here’s Justice, you are absolutely correct. LEO does not have support from the judges, Mayor and commissioners. They continue to arrest criminals and the liberal judges let them go on low or no bail. Criminals laugh at us. Meanwhile the government leadership stifle our LEO’S to where they have little authority to do their job. Pathetic!! Wake up people! You need to protect yourselves because there aren’t enough LEO’S on duty to help you.

  • And how many times will they let him out before he seriously injures or kills someone? Martin

  • This is why gun laws will never work only the law abiding citizens will obey them
    POS like this sorry A$$ hole and hundreds like him don’t care about the law that’s why everyone should own a gun carry it to protect yourself and your family

    • Gun laws will work we just need tougher and longer sentences for these convicted felons getting caught with guns. Majority of these convicted felons are getting 2yrs or less for carrying a gun when they really need to be getting 10-15 yrs for the crime!

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