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Homeless woman arrested for allegedly stabbing GRACE Marketplace resident

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Natalie Noel Lewis, 26, was arrested early this morning and charged with aggravated battery, trespass after warning, and resisting arrest after allegedly stabbing a woman in a bathroom at GRACE Marketplace.

The victim told a Gainesville Police Department officer that she was in the women’s bathroom at GRACE Marketplace at about 12:40 a.m. today when Lewis entered and began arguing with her. The victim said that Lewis began to advance toward her and then grabbed what appeared to be a silver knife from her bag. Lewis then allegedly lunged forward and stabbed the victim in her forearm. The victim said she pushed Lewis away, and Lewis left the bathroom. The officer reported that he saw a small puncture wound in the victim’s arm, and a witness confirmed the victim’s account of the stabbing.

Lewis was formally trespassed by officers but allegedly refused to leave the property. The decision was finally made to arrest her, and Lewis allegedly pulled her arms away and tried to put her arms under her body to avoid being handcuffed. She was finally handcuffed and arrested.

After the arrest, the victim decided to press charges for the stabbing.

Lewis was arrested in May for allegedly trying to burn down an occupied home and was released on July 14 because no charges were filed within 40 days. That charge was dropped today. Lewis is being held on bail of $12,000 on the new charges.

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  • Why wasn’t she charged with arson? There were witnesses, not to mention she had three or four lighters in her pocket. And that was after a string of other unsolved fires. Maybe they are too busy trying to make sure they get all the felons registered to vote.

  • The state abandoned charges and she was ROR by Walter Green. She made it 15 days before getting arrested for another crime that got someone hurt. If the state attorney’s office would do there jobs and prosecute criminals then maybe she would not have been freed to prey on someone and stab them. Hopefully they will not abandon charges in this case and lock her up.

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