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Homeless man arrested for threatening others with machete

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Robert Brian Puleo, Jr., 39, was arrested late last night and charged with two counts of aggravated assault after allegedly threatening two other people with a machete.

Puleo allegedly approached one of the victims with a machete at about 10:15 p.m. last night while threatening to harm both of them for stealing items from his tent while he was gone. One of the victims reportedly picked up an axe to defend himself.

Post Miranda, Puleo reportedly admitted walking toward the victims with a machete because he thought they stole some of his possessions.

Puleo is still in the Alachua County Jail; bail information is unavailable on weekends.

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. 

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    • For a fella with a record, you sure have a lot of anger and judgment towards people who’ve been arrested. Please, have a word with the man in your mirror. Find healing.

  • Sentence him to 12 months at the sugarcane work camp, where his machete skills might come in handy. Expand sugarcane cultivation in Florida so that we have plenty of work for everyone like him who needs it.

  • Maybe the guys did take something from the guy’s tent. What would you do if someone took stuff from your tent?

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