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Homeless man arrested for allegedly battering three police officers

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Abraham Lamont Gordon, 42, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with three counts of battery on law enforcement officers, resisting an officer with violence, and resisting an officer without violence after allegedly fighting with three officers who were investigating a call about a man possibly armed with a gun.

At about 8:35 a.m. on Sunday, a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) Officer responded to the 400 block of S. Main Street in response to a call about a person who might be armed with a gun; when she arrived, she was flagged down by the caller, who reportedly pointed at Gordon and said, “That’s him.”

The officer reported that when Gordon saw her patrol car, he started walking away from her. She turned on her emergency lights and then got out of her car and identified herself to Gordon. As another GPD patrol car arrived, Gordon allegedly began to run away from the officers.

The arresting officer reported that Gordon was carrying a backpack and had “a bulge on the front of his waistband area.” He reportedly began dropping items as he ran.

The first officer tried to grab Gordon’s shoulders but was thrown off. A seconded officer deployed his taser; Gordon fell to the ground but allegedly continued to refuse to put his arms behind his back. Gordon allegedly grabbed the second officer’s taser.

A third officer arrived to assist the first two officers, and Gordon allegedly spit on the third officer and tried several times to bite the second officer. The third officer reportedly deployed his taser to stop Gordon from biting the second officer.

The first officer also reportedly deployed her taser when Gordon pushed off the ground in a continued attempt to resist the second and third officers.

The first and second officers reportedly suffered abrasions and cuts on their hands and knees. Gordon reportedly suffered an abrasion to his forehead and several abrasions on his knuckles.

Gordon, who is described as homeless in court documents, has 16 felony convictions (four violent) and 12 misdemeanor convictions (two violent). He has served four state prison sentences, with his most recent release in May 2024. Judge Kristine Van Vorst set bail at $145,000.

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. 

  • GPD should take these types and drop them at Poe’s house. It would be only fitting seeing as how he’s been so instrumental in bringing them to Gainesville. He and his family should have to provide food and shelter – at least for a weekend.

  • Wonder what the city commission is going to do when the new state homeless law takes effect?

  • This homeless criminal element is negatively impacting businesses downtown. The tax base is eroding and the GRU ‘pinch’ is getting cut too. Oh…well looks like the city commission will have to vote to increase property taxes. You voted for this and soon it will be time to pony up.

  • Cops should go on strike! Until public lawyers and judges paychecks are cut 50%, to pay for 200% cop pay raises. NOW!
    The rest of us can defend ourselves, legally until that pay correction is implemented.

  • Did the officers find a gun besides his ‘finger gun’ he was seen pointing at people? Seems like this was a setup by the St. Francis house homeless for a police sponsored payday.

  • Why always “Homeless Man” in the headline? It would be just as accurate to write “Black Man”, or “Career Criminal”. Seems like you are always trying to sensationalize Homeless people committing crimes.

  • Why is this POS wandering the streets? 28 convictions, 4 prison sentences and he has never learned how to live in a free world. Cage him.

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