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Man on probation arrested for stalking

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Robert Deon Watkins, 37, was arrested last night on a stalking charge. He is on probation for cocaine possession, cashing a stolen check, and grand theft convictions in three previous cases. He has a warrant out of Gadsden County for grand theft.

At about 7:00 p.m. last night, Watkins tried to break down the door of the victim’s residence. The victim asked him to leave, but he kept trying to break down the door. He eventually left. He had previously sent her messages that indicated he had been following her and watching her activities.

After Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies located Watkins, Watkins reportedly gave them verbal consent to look through his phone, and they found “numerous unanswered calls and text messages” sent to the victim. The last text message from the victim told him not to call her back.

Watkins has been charged with stalking. He is being held on $2,000 bond with the requirement for a GPS device when he is released.

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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