Man on probation arrested, drugs and stolen gun found in his car


Ronnell Lee Rashad, 28, was arrested Friday on charges of grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drugs, and resisting arrest.

Rashad was pulled over near Jockey Club for driving 66 mph in a posted 50 mph zone. The officer reported that he observed marijuana in the car and then ran his license, finding that the license had been suspended and that Rashad was on probation.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s deputy reported that when he tried to detain Rashad, Rashad tensed up and then “violently resisted.” The deputy said he used a Taser three times in an attempt to subdue him. At one point, Rashad gained control of a deputy’s Taser but lost control of it before he could use it against the deputies. He was restrained in handcuffs after about 4 minutes of fighting deputies.

Once Rashad was detained, deputies searched his vehicle, reportedly finding a loaded pistol, easily accessible to Rashad, that had been reported stolen in High Springs. Cocaine, MDPV, and plastic bags were also reportedly found.

Rashad was adjudicated guilty in April 2020 on four felony and two misdemeanor charges, including several drug possession charges, a hit and run involving property damage, and a charge of fleeing police “with disregard to safety.” He was sentenced to 13 months in prison (with credit for over 200 days served), followed by 24 months of probation, ending in August 2022. A warrant was issued for his arrest in October 2021 after he failed a drug test. He was picked up that same month and agreed to a plea deal that reinstated the previous terms of his probation.

Rashad has been charged with grand theft of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of drug equipment, and resisting an officer with violence. He is being held on $324,000 bond.

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. 

  • The judicial system is rapidly becoming a complete farce. Impounded dogs get treated more severely than the punishment being dealt to these repeat felons.

    • Jeff, in my run in with GPD I spent 3 weeks in county jail. Nightmare. Short on staff yes. The pod would facilitate between 40 and 90 inmates and the flow was constant. I felt like I was at a family reunion as most prisoners not only knew each other they also had relationships with staff. It was more like a company sabbatical with food and shelter for all the conventioners.

  • Thank God none of the officers were injured or killed by this guy. Good job ASO. It is apparent the time in jail wasn’t even a speed bump.

  • This guy is a loser who needs to do serious time in jail. The taxpayers will be supporting him most likely the rest of his life.

  • This is an example of why we should be using that that “10,20, life…use a gun
    And your done” campaign in GNV & Alachua county…
    This guy needs to do 10 years because he knew he
    Was a convicted felon and still had a stolen gun. He knew
    Or should have known the consequences…the SAO,
    The interim city manager, the county manager, the
    County & city commission, GPD, the sheriffs Department
    All need to coordinate operation “clean-up” and get
    Tough on criminals with guns and let it be known
    That we will have zero tolerance with convicted
    Felons & guns. Minimum Mandatory 10 years prison.
    Do we need to have the legislature & Desantis step
    In? They can’t even keep vagrants out of street medians…things are getting worse with local Democratic

  • Stop being so harsh on this guy..he is trying to get his life together..society has failed him..he is a victim of circumstances..

    • Wha? Is this mayor Poe? Take your face mask
      Off because you’re breathing in too much exhaust
      C02…maybe he can get a law degree after he finishes
      His 10 years in prison. Don’t do the crime if you can’t
      Do the time…this guy is a menace to society…lucky you
      Weren’t his last victim..

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