Homeless man arrested after allegedly stabbing another man while arguing over a lighter


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Demetris Demond Johnson, 29, has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery and drug possession after allegedly stabbing another man during an argument.

The victim reported to a Gainesville Police Department officer that he and Johnson had gotten into an argument over a lighter on March 1, then Johnson punched him in the face and stabbed him in the hip with a knife.

Johnson was arrested later that day at GRACE Marketplace. A search incident to arrest reportedly produced 0.3 grams of a substance Johnson described as “molly.”

Johnson has been charged with aggravated battery and possession of a controlled substance. He has five felony convictions (one violent) and four misdemeanor convictions (one violent). He has served three state prison sentences, with his most recent release in 2021. Judge Meshon Rawls set bail at $105,000.

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  • Nancy Reagan was right, and Dems laughed.
    Dan Quayle was right, and Dems laughed.
    Now look at Dem cities, what happened?

    • Every person getting benefits at Grace should have to be Piss tested. If test positive, then must go to treatment.

  • Put him in the same cell as the guy who committed arson. Throw a lighter in their cell and watch the fun. Sounds like they both like to play with fire.

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