BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Calvin Davonti Smith, 27, was arrested early yesterday morning after allegedly stealing a beer from the Gate at 506 NW 13th Street and then fighting with the officer who arrested him.
A Gainesville Police Department officer was in the parking lot of the Gate at about 6:10 a.m. when he reportedly saw Smith walking out of the store with a beer; a store employee followed him and called out to the officer. When the officer made contact with Smith, Smith allegedly threw the beer at the officer and walked away. The officer ordered him to stop, and Smith allegedly turned around, raised his fists, got into a fighting stance, and said, “I will beat your ass.” While the officer continued to order Smith to stop, Smith allegedly continued to make threats to harm the officer. When the officer tried to detain him, Smith allegedly tried to put the officer into a headlock and grappled with him. The officer took him to the ground and held him until backup arrived. Smith was finally detained with the help of other officers and a civilian.
The store employee reportedly told the officer that after Smith grabbed a beer, he told him he could not sell it to him until 7:00 a.m., and Smith proceeded to walk out of the store with the beer.
Smith has been charged with petit theft and resisting arrest with violence. He has one local felony conviction but has an out-of-state criminal history between 2013 and 2017. He also had a warrant for failure to appear on charges of petit theft and resisting arrest without violence for a similar incident in which he allegedly stole a beer from Walgreens in April. His lawyer in that case requested a reduction in his bond, and the judge allowed him to be released on his own recognizance to the supervision of court services, including mental health treatment. Smith is being held without bond for failure to appear in the first case and on $15,000 bond in the most recent case.
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