Man arrested in 53rd Avenue CVS parking lot, charged with shoplifting, battery on a law enforcement officer, and making death threats


Justin Phillip Bryan, 37, was arrested yesterday afternoon after employees at the CVS at 4145 NW 53rd Avenue reported that he had stolen a can of beer. When a Gainesville Police Department officer tried to wake him up, Bryan allegedly became aggressive toward the officer, kicked him, and threatened his life.

According to the arrest report, a CVS employee reported that Bryan had taken a can of Coors Light beer and walked out of the store without paying for it. They said that Bryan has done this several times in the past. When the officer arrived, the employee pointed toward Bryan, who was sleeping at the edge of the store’s parking lot.

The officer reported that when he made contact with Bryan, Bryan was sleeping next to an empty can of Coors Light beer. He awakened Bryan and reported that Bryan immediately became aggressive, standing and taking “a fighting stance” while yelling at the officer. The officer said he ordered him to stay back, at which point Bryan allegedly “took a stance as if he were preparing to charge at me.” The officer targeted Bryan with his Taser and ordered him to get on the ground while waiting for backup, but he reported that Bryan continued to act aggressively and ignore his commands.

When another unit arrived, Bryan lay down on the ground and was handcuffed. While the officer was patting him down for weapons, Bryan allegedly kicked the officer in the groin. The officer also reported that on the way to the jail, Bryan threatened him, saying things like, “I have you for the rest of your life,” “I know where you live,” and “You won’t make it to your next birthday.”

The officer also noted that Bryan has a warrant out of Wisconsin on multiple charges, but Wisconsin is not accepting extradition because of COVID.

Bryan pled nolo contendere to resisting arrest on January 25, 2022, and served 5 days in jail; on February 23 and April 7, he pled nolo contendere to trespassing charges and was fined a few hundred dollars for each. He was sentenced to 6 months probation for stealing a bottle of Jim Beam Apple in November 2021 and resisting arrest; that probation was revoked after the January arrest, and the penalty was 5 days in jail, served concurrently with the January 25 jail term.

Bryan has been charged with larceny, battery on a law enforcement officer, and making a death threat and is being held on $80,000 bail.

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  • I’m glad this guy is off the streets for awhile… We get to protect society from him, rather than Covid-frightened Wisconsin… Hopefully we won’t blow this opportunity.

  • It’s sad that woke Wisconsin is going to deny Justice to this man and his victims because of the Wuhan virus.

    • Our sheriff should find the funds to drop off some
      Of our jail inmates back to where they came from
      So they can deal with them there. We need to stop
      Taking bums from everywhere to Grace Mkt. they
      Are sending their vagrants here, we need to reciprocate back.

  • And this is right next to the park where I like to bring my kids. Gainesville is becoming more and more unbearable.

  • Not exactly related, but the guy who ran up on stage and attacked Dave Chappelle was staying at a homeless shelter.

  • 1.The cop should have used his taser.
    2. I don’t care about Wisconsin and Covid. Have
    The cop drop this guys ass off in Wisconsin and
    Get him out of Florida. Just let him go free at inside
    The front desk of their police dept, jail, homeless center,
    Or wherever…

  • Word must have traveled far and wide that Gainesville, Florida will take good care of you – if he came here all the way from Wisconsin.

    • Cynthia Chesnut & Arreola need to apply some of
      Those American rescue funds for a “bum bus” so
      Some of these Grace marketplace & jail release people get a one-way ticket out of here and they can go back home
      To where they belong. I’m sure we can create a
      “Community chest” that can give them a few bucks
      Once they reach their destination. I am very happy to
      Apply some of my property tax money to that worthy cause. This guy needs to go back to Wisconsin. Can
      The judge say “ you are going back to Wisconsin and if
      I see you here again, you will be doing maximum jail
      Time & fines”? It’s not worth us dealing with them here…
      If we ship this guy back to Wisconsin, then he’s there
      With his warrant and not here…drop him off in a CVS
      Parking lot in Wisconsin.

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