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Man with long history of mental illness charged with kicking officers
October 15, 2023
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Peter John Clark, Jr., 41, was arrested Friday night and charged with trespassing, battery on an officer, and two counts of resisting an officer with violence.
At about 8:25 p.m. Friday night, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a trespassing call from Majestic Oaks. The security guard told the deputy that Clark had previously been trespassed from the property but had returned and was confrontational.
The deputy reported that Clark was aggressive, shouting obscenities toward him and the security guard. The deputy asked Clark to leave several times, but Clark reportedly responded with obscenities.
Several deputies tried to arrest Clark, but he resisted, and several attempts at using a taser were ineffective. Clark allegedly kicked one deputy in the stomach and continued kicking him while deputies attempted to detain him.
Clark has an extensive criminal history in Alachua County and was first declared mentally incompetent to stand trial in 2001. He has five felony convictions (two violent). He has served one state prison term for home invasion and was released in 2021. Charges in eight arrests since 2021 have been dropped, mostly for petit theft and trespassing. He was arrested in July for burglarizing a vacant apartment in Holly Heights; bail was initially set at $50,000, but after 40 days passed without the filing of formal charges, he was ordered released on his own recognizance on August 24. He was arrested again on August 29 after allegedly threatening a woman with a knife in Holly Heights. The charge in that case was dropped 11 days later.
A September 2022 letter from a Department of Children and Families attorney to a local judge stated that Clark is “not restorable to competency” and said that the State should either release him or initiate proceedings to commit him to a mental hospital. A competency hearing was held in April 2023, and Judge David Kreider ordered Clark released on his own recognizance with requirements to refrain from breaking any laws and stay in contact with his attorney. The release form included options for special conditions such as mental health treatment, but none of those were selected.
Bail information is unavailable on weekends.
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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