Homeless man arrested for exposure of sexual organs at downtown Starbucks

Staff report

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – John Peter Christopher Carnegie, 46, was arrested yesterday and charged with exposure of sexual organs after allegedly exposing himself to customers outside the Starbucks at 201 SE 1st Street.

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the store at about 6:25 p.m. last night following reports from staff that customers had come in and said Carnegie was exposing himself to them. However, none of the customers were still there when the officer arrived, and staff members had not seen Carnegie pull his pants down and expose himself.

A woman who was working across the street had told staff at the Starbucks that Carnegie had exposed himself to her on May 6; the officer contacted the woman, who said that she had been on a break at work when Carnegie asked if he could sit with her. She said he couldn’t, and he called her a name, then sat down at a table behind her. She said she heard a noise behind her and was afraid Carnegie was going to attack her, and when she turned around, Carnegie was standing up with his pants and underwear down. She said children were watching him, and she ran to them and covered their eyes. When she yelled at Carnegie, she said, he pulled up his pants and left.

Post Miranda, Carnegie reportedly admitted he had shown his sexual organs to a woman last week. When asked why he did it, he reportedly said, “I don’t know.”

Carnegie has no felony convictions and 41 misdemeanor convictions, mostly trespassing. He has a previous conviction in Volusia County for exposure of sexual organs. He was arrested in Gainesville in January 2022 for breaking into a business and taking some checks and other papers and was sent to the state mental hospital in March 2022. He came back to Alachua County for a competency hearing in March 2023, and Judge David Kreider found that he was incompetent to proceed with trial, that his symptoms are not responsive to medical treatment, and that he does not meet the criteria for commitment to a treatment facility. He was released on his own recognizance on April 3.

Bail information is unavailable.

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. 

  • This rabid-minded POS needs to be euthanized, his brain is in a galaxy far far away

  • Hopefully after the state takes over GRU the city will no longer be able to fund marketplace and these people can go elsewhere

  • Maybe these people are afraid of Jazzman, they only seem to commit crimes when he’s not there. Maybe he should be in the running for Chief of Police.

    Changed my mind, not a good idea.

  • Perfect, it’s the one all the downtown lawyers and paralegals go to! 🤣🤡👹🤬🤪🍦🍦🍦🍦

  • Like how on the street they’re as coherent and coordinated in their molestation and irritation of you as a mosquito is, but the moment they’re on mugshots they pull the brain-dead, saliva dripping from the mouths “whatttttt” look…

  • He was probably exposing himself to the mugshot photographer- from the look on his face, I’d say he just blew his wad right as this picture got taken

  • Remember, G’ville is Poe’s and Ward’s welcoming city. You can thank the Democrats for people like this. Almost one conviction for every year of his life. Poe and Ward must be proud.

  • So he was found incompetent to stand trial, his symptoms are not responsive to medical treatment – but does not meet the criteria for commitment, so the Judge let him go. With no solutions.
    So basically this guy will continue to be homeless, not given any treatment and will probably repeat the cycle over and over.
    Great job, Judge Kreider.

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