Gainesville man arrested for hitting passing car with a helmet, then pointing a gun at the driver

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Joel N. Cray, 57, was arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated assault and property damage after allegedly hitting a passing car with a helmet and then pointing a gun at the driver.

At about 11:13 a.m. yesterday, a Gainesville Police Department officer responded to a call near the intersection of SW 20th Avenue and SW 34th Street. The victim said that he had driven past Cray, who was crossing SW 20th Avenue on foot in a non-crosswalk area; he said that as he passed Cray, Cray hit his car with a helmet. The victim immediately turned around and got out of his car, asking Cray why he hit the car. The two men got into an argument, and Cray allegedly pulled out a small revolver and aimed it at the victim’s chest, saying, “I will kill you, man.”

A search incident to arrest reportedly produced a vintage Volcanic 22 starter pistol.

The officer reported that there was a scuff mark on the victim’s car that matched the color of the helmet.

Cray has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, property damage over $200, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He has four felony convictions (none violent) and two misdemeanor convictions (none violent). Judge Kristine Van Vorst set bail at $75,000.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • “NON-CROSSWALK” area. 🤔 City leadership may want to stop blaming vehicle users instead or walkers/bikers.

    Next question…homeless or just lack of common sense?

    One things for sure given the circumstances, he was prepared to throw more than a helmet – you should be as well.

  • Seems like this guy only has half a brain? doh! 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️ ty ty very much, i’ll be here all night!

      • You don’t know me or know what i’ll do bro. your opionion means NOTHING! He’d be riding off in a hearse if he pulled a starter pistol on me. bet your dollar on that. Fool should have kept walking with that helmet on his head and not jaywalked hitting cars and pulling fake pistols on people.

        • Ok Internet tough guy. Let’s start using real names if you’re so ballsy. Also, your feminine response says I won. Now feel free to masturbate to pictures of veterans and policemen.

          • Sorry, we didn’t mean to insult your dad. He must’ve passed on his half a brain to you

  • Look like someone previously caved in his head. I wonder when the city will decide to narrow 34th street from 6 lanes to 2, and add in roundabouts…

  • Our STUPID criminal joke system wants people like this causing more chaos like the guy in the Allstate ads, Mayhem. Fact.

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