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Gainesville man arrested for threatening woman with gun

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Leneiall Stanley Sapp, 29, was arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening to shoot a woman and her children.

Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a report of an armed disturbance in the Holly Heights area after midnight on October 18. The victim pointed to a man running away, and a deputy pursued the man, later identified as Sapp, on foot. The deputy lost sight of the man after he ran into the woods, but he was later seen walking along the road, having discarded the sweatshirt, and was detained.

The victim told deputies that Sapp had been in “a large physical altercation” in Holly Heights on the previous day and had returned to confront her. She reportedly said that when he arrived, he got out of his vehicle and immediately told her she’d better watch herself and her children, then lifted his sweatshirt to reveal a handgun with an extended clear magazine; she said she could see the bullets in the magazine. The victim reportedly said Sapp said he would kill her and her children.

A witness at the scene confirmed the victim’s account and confirmed that Sapp had a gun.

Sapp has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest without violence. He has six felony convictions, along with a pending felony case for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He has served three state prison sentences and was last released in May of 2022 after serving a 3-year sentence for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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Sapp was arrested in 2019 and charged with six felonies, including two counts of attempted armed robbery and two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and improperly displaying a weapon after allegedly pointing a gun at two people and demanding their money. The arrest report says he was wearing a ski mask, but it came off during a struggle over the gun, and the victims recognized him. Sapp entered a plea of nolo contendere to a charge of possession of a firearm in exchange for a 3-year sentence, and the other charges were dropped.

Judge Thomas Jaworski set bail at $35,000.

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. 

  • Yep. Those criminals adhering to the laws prohibiting possession of a firearm again.

    Protect yourselves…the police are going to be busy.

  • He hasn’t learned his lesson not to have a gun because he’s a convicted felon….he should get mandatory 5 years this time. After that, then 10 years. Stupid is as stupid does.

    • Whether for protection from the type of folks he deals with or a lifestyle choice, these guys are carrying guns for a reason. The only way to stop them is to increase the cost of that act beyond the perceived benefit. Easy bails and dropped charges send the message that its not a problem in the eyes of the law.

      • And the people who are their victims after they have been released just have to deal with a thug who is angrier and devoid of emotions. They need to put them in prison and keep them there.

  • They need to start giving these criminals that get caught with illegal guns or illegally carrying guns 10, 20, life!

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