Teen arrested for snatching wallet


Makhi Williams, 18, was arrested yesterday on a charge of robbery by sudden snatching.

The victim told Gainesville Police Department that he had answered a knock on his door on December 20, 2021, at Campus Walk Apartments. The teen at the door asked him for change for a $5 bill, so the man took out his wallet. The teen snatched the wallet from him and took off running; the victim believed he ran to another apartment in the complex. The wallet contained credit cards and about $1,000 cash.

On December 31, the victim saw Williams entering another apartment in the complex, and detectives learned that Williams’ mother had been staying in that apartment. Once Williams was identified as a possible suspect, the victim was shown a photo line-up and selected Williams.

Williams has been charged with robbery by sudden snatching and released on his own recognizance. He just turned 18 this month and has a juvenile history.

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  • Charge him as an adult. Why did they let him go on
    His own recognizance? He needs to learn a lesson
    That crime doesn’t pay…he needs behavior modification
    And posting bail is good because it hits the criminal in the pocket. The SAO needs to get tough on crime…things are out of control in GNV…notice the increase in vagrants?

  • I wonder if it ever occurred to this adult to get a job instead of stealing? He needs a lesson in jail if his parents haven’t taught him. Quit making excuses for this kind of behavior. He needs to learn now before this escalates.

  • Stealing is why we don’t see new grocery stores in some parts of town. Shoplifting eats into their slim profits. Only higher profit retailers will prey on shoppers with liquor, junk food and smokes.

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