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Gainesville man with 86 convictions charged with threatening woman with knife and saw blade at Food Max

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alfred Lee Knight, 55, was arrested early this morning and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening a woman with a knife and saw blade.

At about 4:33 a.m., a Gainesville Police Department officer responded to Food Max (1304 E. University Avenue), where the victim said Knight had tried to cut her. The victim said she had been sitting in the parking lot of the Food Max with another person when Knight walked up and they began arguing. She said that during the argument, Knight brandished a “razor knife” and said, “I’m going to cut you.”

She said she took out a box cutter to defend herself, and Knight grabbed a “long blade with a serrated edge,” which the arresting officer described as a “stick saw blade.” She said Knight started waving the blade around.

The victim’s companion reportedly told the officer that Knight had approached the victim with a “razor knife” and said, “I’m going to cut you”; Knight then grabbed another unspecified weapon and began waving it around the victim.

A security guard at the store reportedly said he was in his vehicle and saw Knight approach the victim; he said they argued and Knight walked in circles around the victim with something in his hand, but he couldn’t see what Knight was holding. He said he heard the victim say, “You’re not going to cut me.”

Other officers took Knight into custody at 1007 E. University Avenue, and post Miranda, Knight reportedly said he approached the victim to retrieve some of his personal belongings, which led to a verbal argument. He reportedly admitted waving his hand in the air toward the victim but said he had no weapon in his hand; he admitted saying, “I’m going to cut you” but continued to deny that he had any weapon.

Knight has 12 felony convictions (three violent) and 74 misdemeanor convictions (12 violent). He has served six state prison sentences, with his most recent release in 2022. He is also facing two sworn complaints: one for stealing and pawning about $8,000 in tools, and one for breaking into a vacant house and attempting to steal multiple window air conditioning units (three units were stolen and two were recovered). Judge Kristine Van Vorst set bail at $75,000 on the aggravated assault charge; Knight has not yet been booked on the other two cases.

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. 

  • This man needs to be cremated alive but yet our local government will probably drop all charges.

  • Clearly has mental issues and needs help of a different kind. We can do better than this.

  • 86 convictions and 6 prison sentences. He has too many arrests and sworn complaints to count. He has surpassed any useful purpose except target practice dummy.

    • If you are going to inject a political view, LEARN politics. State laws are made by state politicians..This state is overwhelmingly Red.If you have something to contribute, make sure you have some knowledge of the subject… Now I’m ready for all the down arrows from the Goobers.

      • Jeff: I’m calling BS on you…

        if you are going to inject politics, then you are saying the democrats would love to lock this
        A-hole up and not ROR or drop charges on felons?

        I think you just want to give them free housing and a government check and we get overrun with vagrants, drug addicts, & panhandlers from everywhere.

        • Get a life in the real world, Shaquonda, This is Republican state with a Republican governor who makes the laws,and has been for at least the last 12 years or more. If you have a problem, I suggest you write your Repugnant, er..I mean Republican Congressmen

      • Only 14 down. Surely there are more of you who were offended. I guess intelligence is not your strong point.Maybe it was the “Goober” reference. If so, just proves my point.Intelligence is not a branch on your family tree. Has to be it, because I’m totally right on who makes state laws

  • Who’s surprised? Our demonic 50-states’ courts and public lawyers create these monsters for their own job security. And to “justify” fancy new courthouses we have to to pay for, too.
    WAKE UP, voters!
    👹🤡DemCourts

  • It’s cheaper for the goverment to leave folks like this on the streets than to lock them away, this has been going on for years, it doesn’t matter which political party is in charge.

    • Tom:

      jails & prisons are institutions and the cost on society is a lot cheaper if we keep them in a crappy jail cell or work camp…

      jails & prisons create good jobs for the guards…

      no cell phones, no free phone, no AC, no
      tv….

      You will think again before committing another crime…

      this is how you change their behavior.

      • And the mental institutions can use all the tools in their toolbox like lobotomy & electroshock therapy to change their behavior.

      • In addition Shaquonda, they should be made to work, real work, road repair, road paving, farming, animal husbandry etc. so that they “pay” for their incarceration instead of the tax payers.

  • “Knight has 12 felony convictions (three violent) and 74 misdemeanor convictions (12 violent). He has served six state prison sentences, with his most recent release in 2022. He is also facing two sworn complaints: one for stealing and pawning about $8,000 in tools, and one for breaking into a vacant house and attempting to steal multiple window air conditioning units (three units were stolen and two were recovered). ”

    Why is this career criminal out on the streets? He should be imprisoned for the rest of his life. But apparently criminals have more “rights” than law abiding citizens and that folks, is disgusting.

    • My question was why he hasn’t been charged in the sworn complaints. gonna let the 40 days pass so he can’t be charged?

  • He (first) deserves NO BAIL, then a life sentence W/O parole. He is, and this is, a no-brainer.

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