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Published: Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

ASO arrests man after robbery, kidnapping

* Alachua County Sheriff's deputies accused a Gainesville man of robbery and kidnapping after another man reported he had been robbed at gunpoint late Friday.

A $250,000 bond was set for Ariyel M. Vanterpool, 20, after officers arrested him on charges of robbery with a firearm, kidnapping and possession of cocaine and cannabis with intent to distribute, according to an arrest report and Alachua County jail records.

A man told officers Vanterpool had picked him and another person up to go to a party, the arrest report stated. But, when they first stopped at an ATM and the victim had taken out cash, he said Vanterpool pointed a gun at him and demanded the money.

The victim said Vanterpool then drove the two men back to their home, deputies reported. One man was forced to get belongings from the residence while Vanterpool drove around the neighborhood in the 1000 block of NW 91st Terrace with the other man held at gunpoint.

But, while Vanterpool was driving, a deputy pulled the car over for a traffic stop. The victim told the officer about the robbery and said Vanterpool had thrown his gun out of the vehicle just before the deputy made the stop.

Deputies reported that a loaded gun was found on the roadside. Cannabis and cocaine were found in the car's trunk, according to the arrest report.

- Lise Fisher

Woman arrested in home-invasion robbery

* Police arrested a woman Friday in connection with a recent home-invasion robbery at a northwest Gainesville residence.

Susan L. Mixon, 22, of Gainesville, was being held at the Alachua County jail Saturday on charges of home-invasion robbery, grand theft, and uttering a forged instrument, according to an arrest report.

On June 18, a man told police he answered a knock at the door of his home in the 4200 block of NW 21st Terrace. A woman and a man were at the door. The man, who was armed with a knife, forced the victim face down onto the floor and held the weapon to his head. Cash and blank checks were taken during the robbery.

Officers allege Mixon cashed two of the checks. Mixon, according to police, admitted in an interview she went to the man's home with two other people and was present during the robbery.

A $200,000 bond has been set for Mixon's release from jail, according to jail records.

- Lise Fisher


Carbon monoxide poisoning kills couple

* CORAL SPRINGS - A couple was found dead from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, after a car was left running in the garage of their town house, authorities said.

Gabrielle Forbush found her half brother, Leighton Batiste, 26, and his girlfriend, Jonelle Bartley, 22, dead when she returned to the apartment she shared with her brother Friday morning. She also found her dog dead behind a couch, police said.

A green, two-door 1999 Honda Accord was still running in the garage.

Forbush told police she began feeling ill several minutes after entering the apartment.

When rescuers entered the home, the carbon monoxide level was off the charts, Coral Springs police spokesman Joe McHugh said.

- The Associated Press

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