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Homeless man arrested for breaking into occupied home

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Henry Lewis Martin, 53, was arrested early yesterday morning after allegedly breaking into an occupied residence.

At about 5:50 a.m. yesterday morning, Martin, who is listed as homeless on the arrest report, allegedly broke the outside porch door to the home and then broke the door to the living room. After he was inside, the homeowner confronted him and asked him to leave.

Martin was apprehended in front of the residence and was reportedly unable to explain his presence there. He has been charged with trespassing and prowling and is being held on $12,500 bail. Martin is a registered Sexual Offender who was most recently released from state prison in 2008.

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. 

  • The city of Gainesville and the California attitude that we owe everyone a place to stay Close marketplace and let them move on down the road

    • Close grace market place and let them all move in to your neighborhood or subdivision. Lol you are tough guy.

  • I think it’s time we start driving some of these folks to city commissioners’ homes and dropping them off “a la Abbott.”

    They wanted it, put it on their doorsteps.

  • What is attracting and keeping such people to our fair college town? Making them feel welcomed and comfy for so many years, instead of living ANYWHERE ELSE and thus, have a new chance to start over?

  • As the wealthiest nation on this earth we should not turn our backs to our fellow human beings we didn’t walk in there shoes we don’t know their story lots of this folks have mental issues and they don’t have access to health care it takes more than just throwing them in a shelter to solve their problems i think we should do more and not less

    • No Harry…save all that BS…if your friends give up on you, and your family gives up on you, & the church gives up on you, then you’re just an A-hole. Every hear of a thing called personal responsibility? I deal with them all the time…incarceration works. Throwing money at a bum don’t work. They can move in with you
      Mr. Philanthropist…

    • Let’s see how you feel when you walk into your living room at 5am and there’s a homeless guy, who is a sex offender, standing there. No. They do not get to do whatever they want because they’ve had a hard life.

    • I think the billions in aide we provide to foreign governments is proof we haven’t turned our backs on anyone.
      Maybe we should cleanup our backyard first?

    • There would be no different outcome. Most if not all of the homeless have access to firearms. Guns are pretty cheap on the streets. you cant get rid of the homeless by talking tough. You to be smart to solve the problem. You make panhandling a felony and force mandatory jailbterems for this offense. We also must the focus and intensify drug laws. No more misdemeanor s all drug offenses are felonies. I am formerly homeless. I understand this issue.

  • The city manager needs to instruct the police chief Lonnie Scott that:

    1. When you see a panhandler in the median , stop the police car, get out,
    And instruct the panhandler that it’s a public safety hazzard to be there…that they need to move on, that they have a choice to either go to jail or Grace marketplace…

    2. When law enforcement sees a vagrant flopping somewhere, same thing. Move-on, jail, or Grace.

    3. There should be one special city cop dedicated to patrolling the city getting panhandlers out of the street
    Medians and bringing vagrants to jail or grace…I pay a lot of taxes and I am ok that my tax dollars would be used
    To reduce panhandling , crime, & vagrancy around our city…the county
    Has a dog catcher to bring stray dogs to the pound, right? We need a “panhandler & vagrant” catcher position at GPD & the sheriffs dept.

      • Cops should be charged with “neglect of duty” if they don’t enforce the loitering laws. There should not be any panhandlers in
        Street medians or intersections. There should be no vagrants sleeping on bus benches or trespassing on my front porch or breaking into my home like in this article. No loitering, no soliciting, no panhandling…enforce it!

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