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Man found in dumpster after reports of an armed disturbance
February 12, 2023
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dennis Earl Darby, Jr., 23, was arrested yesterday after deputies investigating a call about a man with a gun reportedly found him hiding in a dumpster; a gun was found in another dumpster nearby.
At about 4:15 p.m. yesterday, Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to multiple reports of a physical fight in which one man had pulled out a gun and pointed it at another individual near SW 13th Street and SW Williston Road.
Deputies made contact with Darby in the median at the intersection, where Darby reportedly asked deputies if he was detained. When they said he was detained, he reportedly reached into his waistband and ran away. Deputies pursued him on foot to a dead end at the back of Bridge House, where Darby was reportedly found in a dumpster following a search of the surrounding area.
A gun was recovered in another dumpster, and video surveillance from a nearby camera reportedly showed Darby placing a firearm in his waistband before walking toward the area where he initially spoke to deputies.
Post Miranda, Darby reportedly admitted that he heard deputies telling him he was detained before he ran away; he also claimed ownership of the firearm and confessed that he threw the gun in the trash.
Darby has been charged with carrying a concealed firearm without a permit, resisting arrest without violence, and tampering with evidence.
Darby has one felony conviction and was sentenced to 18 months of drug offender probation in December 2021. He failed a drug test and served 20 days in jail in early 2022, then failed a second drug test in March 2022, resulting in the issuance of a warrant for his arrest that was still active at the time of his arrest yesterday. Bail information is unavailable on weekends.
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.
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