BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Charles Dreon Taylor, Jr., 27, was arrested early this morning after allegedly breaking into an apartment and holding a resident in a bedroom until officers forced entry. He has also been charged with possession of drugs with intent to sell.
The victim told Gainesville Police Department officers that Taylor broke down her door and entered her apartment at about 1:30 a.m. this morning. She called 911 while trying to keep the door closed and said that Taylor took her phone from her once he was inside, disconnecting the call. He then reportedly held her against her will in the rear bedroom and would not let her go to the front door.
When officers arrived, they decided to force entry through the front door, at which point the victim said she pulled her arm from Taylor’s grip and ran outside.
Officers reportedly gave Taylor repeated loud verbal commands to come out, but he ignored them. Officers also tried calling him on his cell phone, but he still did not come out. Once a K-9 arrived, Taylor reportedly heard it barking and decided to give himself up.
Officers reported finding a backpack in the apartment with a scale, plastic baggies, 111 grams of marijuana, and 12.6 grams of crack cocaine. Taylor reportedly spontaneously stated that the backpack belonged to him.
Taylor has been charged with burglary, simple assault, false imprisonment, obstructing communication with law enforcement, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Taylor has three felony convictions and was arrested for a similar incident in 2021, but the charges were dropped. He is being held on $327,000 bond.
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