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Gainesville man arrested for threatening passersby with a knife

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jacob Abraham Morris, 42, was arrested last night and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly screaming at cars in the middle of NW 10th Street and threatening to kill passersby with a knife.

Gainesville Police Department Officers responded to a call at 9:18 p.m. about a man yelling and screaming at cars in the 100 block of NW 10th Street. The victim told officers that the man, later identified as Morris, had approached him and yelled curse words at him. Morris was reportedly holding a kitchen knife down at his side and allegedly followed the victim with the knife in his hand. After the victim asked Morris to leave him alone, Morris allegedly continued to follow him and threatened to kill him.

The report states that when Morris saw a GPD officer, he threw the knife, described as a kitchen knife with a 4-inch blade, on the ground.

Witnesses reportedly told officers that they had seen Morris arguing in the street with his girlfriend and saw him swinging a knife around erratically and threatening to rape and kill, but they could not see who he was threatening.

Morris has four felony convictions and 38 misdemeanor convictions. Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $40,000 and ordered that he be fitted with a GPS monitor before release.

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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. 

  • Per our county commissioners, he needs some mandatory “park time” to reflect on nature. That’ll cure his mental ills.

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