Man living in woods charged with arson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Jon Kevin Truett, 59, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with arson after allegedly setting his scooter on fire.

At 10:40 a.m. yesterday, Truett, who lives in the woods near 100 NE 39th Avenue, allegedly set his scooter on fire. Post Miranda, he reportedly said he was angry that the scooter would not start.

The responding Gainesville Police Department Officer wrote that the scooter was under a dense canopy of dry brush and trees and within 10 yards of tents where others were living, putting them in danger.

Truett has been charged with felony second-degree arson. He has a criminal history in Indiana but no local history except a recent citation for driving without a valid license. He was released on his own recognizance with a requirement for contact supervision.

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  • From Indiana but chooses to live in the woods in Gainesville?!

    The word is out. Thanks…NOT!

  • WTF , I thought being “released on his own recognizance” was for famous people?! People we recognize anywhere, but just some random generic homeless dudes.
    It’s time to purge the Soros funded public “justice” scammers from our fair state.

    • Hey Jeff, I have met this guy. He was panhandling. The police went easy on him because he is mentally challenged.

      • Are our mental health centers gone?
        So we’ll wait until someone sets fire to a building and causes major damage.

        • In my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama the shelters will a homeless person a one way bus ticket out of state and give them a little cash on the condition they don’t come back.

          • Wish we could do that with local leadership. Unfortunately, they’ve been fed too many times. They would come back.

          • That’s what they need to do here….send them back to their family, friends, & church…problem is: they are a bunch of A-holes, criminals, bums, & vagrants….some do have mental issues and should be in sanitariums.

  • I’m just sitting here reading all these comments of compassion from my fellow Gainesvillians and wondering “what would Jesus do” with this guy? Kick him out of town? Put him in a sanitarium? Maybe lock him up in jail for a while? 🤔 Jesus, what say you?

    • Everyone who followed Jesus (especially the apostles) had regular jobs, and the early Christian church was very communal but expected everyone to work if they were to receive help from others. That’s where the “if you don’t work, you don’t eat” phrase probably originated, and of course the famous “Christian work ethic.” Jesus might have said, “Get a job, buddy!” There were beggars then, but they were always physically disabled and not simply so flawed in character that they couldn’t or wouldn’t work.

    • God helps those who help themselves. This person has obviously burned a lot of bridges (Pun intended).

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