Man arrested for exposing himself at Main Library


Lavell Lorenzo Lawrence Strong, 26, was arrested yesterday after he allegedly exposed his genitalia at the Main Library (401 E. University Avenue). Strong also allegedly had a loaded gun in his pocket at the time.

Gainesville Police Department officers responded to a report that Strong had made eye contact with the victim while his hands were in his pants; he then allegedly exposed his genitalia to her after it was clear that she saw him.

Strong is suspected of committing similar acts at the Main Library on previous occasions, including April 18 and May 5, 2022. When he was searched during the arrest, a Colt .38 Special revolver was found in his pants pocket; the gun was reported stolen in Michigan. Post Miranda, Strong reportedly admitted to purchasing the revolver off the street and said he assumed it was stolen.

Strong has been charged with exposure of sexual organs, dealing in stolen property, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He has also been charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing a car from the CVS on SW 13th Street on May 18 and crashing and abandoning it on May 22. He has six felony convictions, along with two misdemeanor indecent exposure convictions. He is being held without bail.

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