BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tavares Quinton McMiller, 36, was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly threatening to kill a woman during a dispute over a parking space.
At about 3:45 p.m. yesterday, McMiller reportedly got into a verbal argument with a woman over a parking spot in the lot outside the Winn Dixie at 300 SW 16th Avenue. Both parties allegedly made verbal threats, then McMiller allegedly threatened to use a gun to kill the victim and her boyfriend, who was not there; however, the victim’s two children were in her car.
McMiller then allegedly took a “realistic looking AR-style rifle” from his trunk; the gun turned out to be a BB gun, but the victim did not know that at the time and feared for her life and the lives of her children. McMiller then backed up his car to the victim’s parked car, momentarily blocking her car, before leaving the area.
Multiple Gainesville Police Department Officers made contact with McMiller and conducted a felony stop on his car. Before getting out of the car, McMiller allegedly threw the rifle out of his car and then briefly tried to pick it up again before being handcuffed.
Surveillance video reportedly corroborated McMiller’s post-Miranda statement that he got into a verbal argument with the victim, took the rifle out of his car, put the rifle in the back seat, backed up behind the victim’s car, and then left. He reportedly said he was there to go to the store, but he had not yet gone inside and that he had no reason to open his trunk except to take the rifle out. The video reportedly did not show him pointing the rifle at the victim or at her car.
A sworn complaint was filed in August against McMiller after he allegedly pointed a gun at another driver in a road rage incident on NW 13th Street on July 31, 2022. Another sworn complaint was filed in early July after McMiller allegedly threatened to beat up a school crossing guard; that charge was later dropped.
McMiller has four misdemeanor convictions. Judge Thomas Jaworski set bail at $100,000.
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