Man arrested for attacking Meridian employee


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Julio Enrique Cambriere-Pabon, 48, was arrested early yesterday morning and charged with battery on a Meridian employee.

Cambriere-Pabon was arrested on February 12 and charged with prowling after he was allegedly discovered inside an occupied home in Archer. He was moved to Meridian Behavioral Healthcare under a Baker Act order after reportedly pulling out his own teeth and using them to cut himself.

An Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to Meridian after Cambriere-Pabon allegedly pushed a behavioral tech at Meridian; the deputy was told that Cambriere-Pabon had made a makeshift knife out of broken furniture and had tried to open secured doors with the tool. The deputy reported that he watched Cambriere-Pabon “destroy” a common area of the facility, bang on windows, and try to open doors. When deputies ordered him to stop and surrender, Cambriere-Pabon allegedly hid in a room with his makeshift knife; he also moved the camera to remain out of sight. Deputies eventually breached the room and confronted Cambriere-Pabon with non-lethal weapons, at which point he reportedly dropped the knife and was placed under arrest.

Cambriere-Pabon’s bail in the previous case is $10,000; the additional bail amount for the new charges 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. 

  • Meridian and GRACE should be forcefully relocated y DeSantis to a non-college county, where their caseloads stand at least some chance of getting back on their feet — not no chance, as currently situated. It’s only logical.

  • Can’t fix crazy anymore than you can fix stupid. Especially can’t help those who don’t want to be and they threaten the lives of others more often than not.

    Time to put him away where he poses no danger to others. If not, let somebody who objects to that take him home as a pet project. Seems we have a lot of those in Gainesville.

    • That’s really sad. This man obviously needs help for his mental situation. The doctors are not helping him enough. If you have never lived with a person who has mental problems, you are very blessed. They need help, not to be called names and be made fun of. I hope you never get in a situation where you need help as that gentleman does. I have seen firsthand how difficult it is to treat people with mental issues. It takes a long time to figure out which medications will help the person the most. It is very hard on the individual that is having to take all kinds of medications to find the right one or combination. What a sad situation. I hope he gets the help he needs. It certainly is not helping him to be in jail! You get NO help there.

      • Two words: bath salts….he’s 48…
        And fried his brains….he’s a junkie having drug withdrawals and he’s also schizophrenic. He’s useless.
        Can’t work. Resorts to crime. Junkies just want to get their next fix.

      • An attempt was being made, unfortunately he wasn’t in the mood to cooperate. So you propose others may/should have to suffer at his hands because he shouldn’t have to commit the time to correcting his behaviors?

        I love when people suggest something like that. It’s always good until it shows up in your yard or your house. Ask Mayor Adams of NYC how well those immigrants are going for his city.
        Like the other comment, you can’t fix what/who doesn’t want to be.

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