Hawthorne man arrested for threatening store employees with gun

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – James Edward Harkins III, 36, of Hawthorne, was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening two store employees with a gun on June 6.

Harkins allegedly asked the two employees, who work for an auto services business in the 2900 block of NE 21st Way, to do something that was a safety concern for the employees and against their employer’s policies. The employees refused to provide the service, which reportedly caused Harkins to become upset. He reportedly got into his car and drove out of the gates of the business but then walked back through the gates, where the employees told him to stop.

Harkins allegedly reached into his pocket and took out a gun, then racked the slide back and pointed it at the two employees; both employees retreated and called 911. The employees made a note of Harkins’ tag number as he drove away.

A witness exiting the store as Harkins tried to come back in through the gate corroborated the employees’ story.

Harkins has a juvenile criminal history and three misdemeanor convictions (none violent). Judge Walter Green set bail at $70,000.

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. 

  • I don’t understand the citizens of Alaucha County no one carry’s a gun. A perfect SYG defense, he pulled a gun on you try that in Columbia, Suwanee, Gilchrist you will probably get shot

    • It’s Alachua, bro. The “men” there have nothin’ but weed and Starbucks giftcards in their pockets.

  • What’s up bruh ? Yo, I need a hit of meth, will you two guys cut the catalytic converter off my car please?
    I done sold the sawzall.
    “Well, we can’t, it against our policies at the auto shop”.
    I’ll bust a cap in your a#@!
    Maybe I should’ve sold sold the gun😆😆😆

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