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Man recently released from jail arrested for possession of a handgun and resisting arrest

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Keegan Jabari Campbell, 31, was arrested late last night after Gainesville Police Department officers responded to a report that multiple male suspects carrying handguns were involved in a disturbance.

An anonymous caller dialed 911 and reported the disturbance behind Mother’s Pub and Grill, 1017 W. University Avenue, at about 11:25 p.m. last night. One of the males was described as wearing a red and white striped shirt and white cargo shorts, driving a white Mercedes.

Upon arrival, officers saw a man fitting the description provided, and as soon as he saw the officers, he allegedly immediately went to the driver’s side of the Mercedes, making “furtive” movements that led officers to believe he was hiding something. Officers tried to perform a security pat-down, but the man reportedly ran. After a short foot pursuit, he was placed under arrest. Officers searched the Mercedes and reported that they found a loaded handgun and a box of ammunition.

Post Miranda, the man, identified as Campbell, told officers he had run because he believed that he had an outstanding warrant. He admitted to being a convicted felon and said he was released from jail three days ago. He told officers the gun belonged to his girlfriend, who has a concealed weapons permit.

Campbell, who is currently on probation and whose occupation on the arrest report is listed as “drug dealer,” was last arrested on December 19, 2021, for possession of cocaine within 1000 feet of a church. His attorney filed a motion to reduce his bail on January 26 because no formal charges had been filed within 40 days, and he was released on his own recognizance on January 28. The charges were dropped on February 14.

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Campbell has been charged with two counts of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and one count of resisting arrest without violence and is being held on $225,000 bail.

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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