Juvenile arrested with stolen gun five days after being released on his own recognizance


Noah Rafael Hayes, 17, was arrested last night for the second time in six days; Hayes is on probation from a December 2020 burglary charge, in which he was adjudicated guilty as an adult. He was arrested again on February 12, 2022, on another burglary charge and released on his own recognizance the next day. The most recent arrest, late last night, was on charges of possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a delinquent act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, grand theft of a firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

According to the arrest report, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a car at about 8:45 p.m. last night on SE 43rd Street near Eastside High School because the headlights were off. The driver was unable to produce a driver’s license and gave oral consent to search the vehicle, reportedly stating that he had recently been smoking marijuana in the vehicle.

The deputy reported finding part of a cigar that smelled like marijuana. He also reported finding a handgun under the driver’s seat, within reach of the driver. The driver, identified as Hayes, denied that the handgun was his. The deputy found that the gun had been reported stolen in a Gainesville Police Department case.

Hayes has been charged with possession of a firearm by a delinquent felon, grand theft (for the stolen gun), and possession of a concealed firearm without a permit. He was not charged with driving without a license or any drug possession charges (Hayes has two previous cases in which adult charges of driving without a license were filed but later dropped). He is being held on $85,000 bail.

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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