Teens caught allegedly trying to deface aircraft fuselage at Alachua business


Derian Andrew Brown, 18, and a juvenile were arrested yesterday on charges of trespassing and burglary of an unoccupied structure.

At about 3:40 p.m. yesterday, Brown and his co-defendant allegedly entered the property of Black Flag Metalsmith, on CR 235 in Alachua, without permission. The two teens then allegedly entered an aircraft fuselage on the property with the intent of spray painting it. After they were seen by the business owner, they reportedly tried to hide behind trees while running away. They were found and arrested near the Hal Brady Recreation Complex in Alachua at 5:15 p.m.

Brown has a juvenile conviction from 2020, has six active juvenile warrants, and is on juvenile probation. Both teens have been charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure while unarmed, a felony. Brown is being held on $25,000 bond.

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  • Brown sounds like a jailbird. He’s at least a free bird. If it’s a working airplane I vote they take him for an airplane ride to about 15,000 and see if he’s able to fly.

  • It’s not a working airplane. It’s just the fuselage sitting on a bus frame. If I remember correctly it has a bus engine and transmission. They are going to redo it so it can be driven on the road.
    Interior is cool. Can’t wait to see it redone.

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