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Man arrested for breaking into apartment, holding resident in bedroom until officers forced entry

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.

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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.

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. 

  • Dam people buy a gun learn gun control (being able to hit what you shoot at) look up the gun laws of Florida know your rights a little hint they could have took him out would have been totally legal

  • Amazing how much attention a barking dog gets now isn’t it.😁
    “Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol, be there on the double…”

    Said it before, I’ll say it again – If you’re legally able, best protect yourselves and your families.

    • I assume you’re referring to the Terrell Bradley case. To be fair, the dog in that case (Ranger) barked only once, almost immediately after being taken out of the K-9 vehicle, and didn’t bark again while approaching Bradley. But it’s fair to say that case’s media exposure has fairly warned future suspects that a K-9 pursuit is no joke, as seems evident in this case.

      But while reading the full story of the Bradley case the other day, and after watching the video, I wondered if Bradley might have surrendered himself had he heard a K-9 and not just an officer approaching. I can only assume Bradley heard something but remained hidden because he didn’t realize a trained K-9 was tracking him and likely would find him and bite him.

      The imminent threat of injury (bite or gunshot) can be a motivator to surrender for someone already fleeing, but there is of course a risk to the K-9 and the officers if they announce themselves prematurely. I’m glad neither Ranger nor the other officers were injured in Bradley’s case, given the potential threat, but I don’t want suspects to suffer lifelong injuries either.

      Suspects certainly take the risk on themselves when fleeing police, especially when they know they are (or even were) armed, but I’m glad there were no injuries sustained on either side in the apprehension of Taylor.

      • Michael, it doesn’t take 4 paragraphs to say: If stopped by law
        Enforcement, cooperation results in better outcomes than
        Resisting…yes sir, no sir. I expect to be injured or die if I try to elude
        Police. Bradley was a stupid ass for trying to run.

        • My sincerest apologies for being more articulate than you? Clearly you got my point. Perhaps you weren’t the intended audience.

          • Mike: no need to apologize…you are not more articulate than me, you are more verbose. Your writing is very tedious.

          • Mr. Pink, my response was for “Here’s Justice…,” so you weren’t the intended audience. You didn’t have to read it, much less respond.

            But, to break it down for you, since your rewrite of my comment was not what I meant:

            A barking dog may cause a suspect to surrender more quickly, but it may have unintended and undesirable consequences for the police.

            Happy?

          • Your the respondent…if you need to vent for some reason it would be more mature to be in sync or start your own format, mentioning complicated words doesn’t mean your smart nor sharp…so “expeditiously”wrap it up.

          • I’ll write however I care to write, and I’ll respond to whomever I like. And I’ll at least spell “you’re” (you are) correctly. If you have trouble understanding “complicated words,” that’s your (possessive) problem.

      • I think all cops should play an audio track of a barking dog in their car, or from outside on their phones. There has to be an app for that…?

        • It’s easy to do, yes. But a suspect might react violently instead of surrendering. It was the whole reason police approached Bradley without flashlights. That was my point.

      • I was referring to the Bradley apprehension. It seems to have gotten attention, from media as well as others, to the injury a person may suffer during the apprehension of a “suspect.” In Mr. Bradley’s case, he was no longer a suspect when he resisted and fled law enforcement.

        More reinforcement that for actions there are consequences. In Mr. Bradley’s situation, however horrific, definitely avoidable.

        In Mr. Taylor’s case, thankfully the only thing hurt was the door, that we know of. Unfortunately, the victim now has to deal with the trauma.

        On the flip side, if the victim had been a CCW holder, the possibility that a body bag would have been needed instead of a poop bag is increased significantly.

  • I love it! He heard the dog and didn’t want to get bit. (which he deserved) Hopefully he will spend some time in prison, not jail.

  • After three felony convictions you know he was told by the judge each time, now don’t do it again young man

  • Gosh, I wonder if he realized he’s in a college town, ever? Is that why he “has” to sell drugs? He couldn’t move somewhere else and grow up, instead?

  • Go K-9, these guys are great additions to any police force. They save lives and occasionally, just their bark ends a situation without anyone getting hurt. Love those K-9’s and their officers!

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