BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Paul Leonard Terry, Jr., 29, was arrested yesterday morning after allegedly holding a Circle K employee in the back of the store; when deputies arrived, they reportedly had to break down the door to free the employee.
Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the Circle K at 4030 SW 13th Street and were told that Terry had come into the store, asking to use the phone. After an employee said customers can’t use the phone, Terry said he had been jumped and needed to use the phone. The store manager allowed him to use the phone, but while she wasn’t looking, he reportedly went into the back area of the store and closed and bolted the store room door. The victim was in the store room at the time, so the employee who had first spoken to Terry went to the door to see if she was ok; the employee said the victim came to the door and mouthed, “Call 911” while Terry was distracted on the phone. Terry then reportedly closed and bolted the door again, with the victim inside.
The victim later told deputies that she tried to retreat to her manager’s office, but Terry followed, although she told him he was not allowed back there and needed to leave. She was able to close and lock the door to her manager’s office, but Terry allegedly forced entry, kicking the door in and breaking the frame. The door also knocked a chair over, and it flew across the office and injured a store employee. Terry allegedly continued to keep the victim in the manager’s office with the door locked, refusing to let her leave.
When deputies arrived, Terry allegedly continued to refuse to open the door, and they reportedly had to force entry to rescue the victim and arrest Terry.
Terry has been charged with battery with a prior conviction, false imprisonment, property damage over $200, and resisting arrest. He has five felony convictions (one violent), five misdemeanor convictions, and a pending felony case for drug possession and giving false identification to law enforcement, for which he was released on his own recognizance. He is also currently on state probation for burglary to an occupied dwelling, following a release from prison in November of 2021 on that charge. He is being held on $15,000 bond.
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