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Juvenile charged in drive-by shooting, armed robbery
August 12, 2021
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Takai Johnson, 17, has been charged, along with Jose Antonio Nieves, Jr., 33, in a drive-by shooting and multiple armed robberies on July 22.
A sworn complaint filed on July 23, 2021, stated that Nieves was northbound in a vehicle on SW 13th Street around 1:00 a.m. on July 22 and fired out the window of the car. Seven spent 9mm casings were located at the scene.
At 4:25 a.m. on the same night, Nieves was arrested while officers were investigating an armed robbery. During a post-Miranda interview with Nieves, it was determined that he had been in the vicinity of the earlier shooting. A 9mm Glock 26 was found in the vehicle with Nieves.
On August 9, the State Attorney’s office filed charges against both Nieves and Johnson, causing Johnson to be moved from the juvenile corrections facility to the Alachua County Jail. Each defendant was charged with two separate charges of armed robbery and home invasion, one for an attempt to rob four victims, and one for an attempt to rob two different victims. Both suspects are also charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle for stealing a Chevy Impala.
In addition, Nieves was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated fleeing for leaving the scene of a crash and refusing to comply with an order to stop, also causing damage to the stolen car. Johnson was charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm because he is a minor.
Both defendants are also charged with threatening yet another victim with firearms. Johnson is charged with intentionally striking two law enforcement officers. Nieves is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor by allegedly committing these crimes with Johnson.
Johnson was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis without a prescription, Nieves was charged with driving without a valid license, and Nieves was charged with tampering with evidence with respect to the firearm.
Both suspects are being held in the Alachua County Jail.
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