Homeless man arrested for attacking couple near university


Eric Robert Channing, 31, was arrested last night on a charge of aggravated assault.

The victims reported that a man had approached their car in the 100 block of NW 14th Street at about 6:15 p.m. last night, asking for money. When they refused to give him money, he started walking toward them, and they said they heard him say, “Don’t make me…”, at which point he allegedly turned and motioned as though he had a gun in his waistband. They immediately put the car into reverse and left the area.

A witness at the same location reported seeing Channing running after a person with a pipe and chasing after a car. A Gainesville Police Department officer reported that a pipe, about 2 feet long and an inch in diameter, was found on top of Channing’s belongings nearby. The witness also reported seeing Channing pull a banana from his waistband and pointing it at people as though it were a gun. The officer reported that when Channing was searched, he had a squashed banana in his pocket.

The officer also noted that he has made contact with Channing several times over the past few months after he allegedly pulled knives on people, threw things at cars, and tried to fight people in the street.

Channing, who is listed as homeless, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. He is being held on $5,000 bond.

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