BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Hassan Albert Muhammad, Jr., 24, was arrested early this morning for openly carrying a pistol and resisting arrest.
A Gainesville Police Department officer who was on foot patrol at Campus Walk Apartments, looking for a stolen bicycle, reported that he saw Muhammad walking toward him with a pistol hanging out of his right front pocket. The officer reported that he told Muhammad to stop and place his hands on a nearby wall and that Muhammad initially complied, saying he had a permit. The officer wrote that he removed the pistol and placed it on a chair, then asked Muhammad for his permit. After Muhammad said it was in his wallet in his back pocket and the officer reached for the wallet, Muhammad allegedly ran.
The officer reported that he picked up the gun and ran after Muhammad but lost sight of him. However, a short time later, Muhammad reportedly called out to the officer and surrendered.
Muhammad has been charged with open carrying of a firearm and resisting arrest without violence. Muhammad has a juvenile criminal history, and charges of carrying a concealed weapon and possessing drugs from two incidents in 2020 were dropped. The officer in one case noted that Muhammad was not arrested (a sworn complaint was filed instead) because he was unaware of the proper way to carry a concealed weapon. Muhammad also reportedly told the officer at that time (May 2020) that he hadn’t been able to take the class needed for a concealed carry permit because of the pandemic.
Muhammad was released on his own recognizance.
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