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Gainesville man arrested for threatening to shoot Walmart employee

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – D’Andre Vanshon Jemel Anderson, 26, was arrested yesterday and charged with armed robbery and simple assault after allegedly threatening to shoot a Walmart employee who was trying to stop him from shoplifting.

At about 3:00 p.m. yesterday, Anderson was reportedly seen at the Walmart on NW 23rd Street, placing underwear and a knit cap in a shopping bag he was carrying. As the loss prevention officer (LPO) approached him, another customer greeted Anderson, saying, “Hello, D’Andre.” Anderson allegedly walked out of the store without paying for the items, followed by the LPO, but when the LPO attempted to detain him, he allegedly reached into the shopping bag, said, “I got my gun,” and chased her back into the store. He also allegedly swung at the LPO’s head, but she ducked to avoid the blow. He then reportedly fled on foot into the Pine Ridge neighborhood.

An investigation identified the alleged shoplifter as Anderson, and Gainesville Police Department officers arrived at his apartment in time to see him getting out of his car. A search reportedly found the purple shopping bag under the car. Post Miranda, Anderson reportedly admitted that he took the items, swung at the LPO, and told her he had a gun. He said he did those things to try and get her to leave him alone.

Anderson has four felony convictions and served one state prison sentence. He was arrested in January 2022 and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening to kill two other people while holding a knife in Walgreens; although the incident was captured on store video, both charges were dropped.

Bail information is unavailable on weekends.

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. 

  • Anderson has four felony convictions and served one state prison sentence. He was arrested in January 2022 and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening to kill two other people while holding a knife in Walgreens; although the incident was captured on store video, both charges were dropped.

    • They won’t untill enough of us demands that something be done about them not doing their job. Wish someone would come in and replace everyone that has dropped the ball .

    • I just did a year in state prison for a second d.u.i. I’ve never done anything violent or ever threatened anyone and still did time. Maybe it’s because I’m white

    • The state attorney in that Walgreens case was Zo Doualehi, who has a reputation for being a pretty lazy and incompetent prosecutor.

  • He’s going to threaten the wrong person one day with a knife or finger gun. Perhaps the SAO won’t be needed after that incident.

  • Somehow, I think that many people that despise this kind of behavior stayed home on November 8th. They have nothing to complain about. You get the same person that did nothing for our community for the last two years. Now it will be four. Wear your vote proudly. Next time, get off your ass and vote.

  • Not everything is political. I am a moderate republican. I love governor desantis but not Trump.No city in the country is tougher on crime than Phoenix Arizona
    Maricopa county is a nightmare for criminal s. They only serve you bologna sandwiches. The inmates sleep in tents outside with no air conditioning or heat. No matter how tough they get on criminals; The crime rate never decreases. A vote for either party will never make our streets any safer.

    • If somebody is locked up in jail, it is not physically possible for them to continue committing more crimes on the outside. It shouldn’t be hard to understand.

    • Not true anymore Jason. Once they got rid of sheriff Joe most if not all of that was stopped.

      • You are correct. But sheriff Joe is still an example that his approach is ineffective.

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