Kids with bats disarm man with gun


Published: Monday, January 19, 2009 at 11:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 19, 2009 at 11:37 a.m.

A pair of 8-year-olds armed with baseball bats are being credited with stopping a man who had put a gun into a woman’s face and threatened to kill her.

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CHARLES ARBY BRADLEY

Alachua County Jail

Charles Arby Bradley, 29, 819 NE 15th Terrace, was arrested and charged with armed burglary, battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing bodily harm, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and obstructing justice. Bail was set at $225,000 after he was booked into the Alachua County Jail early Monday.

The situation unfolded over two days, according to Gainesville Police Officer Tony R. Ferro, and appeared to be the result of Bradley’s efforts to resume a relationship with a former girlfriend with whom he has a child.

The woman told police that each time she rebuffed his attempts to reconcile, he threatened her with violence.

The first incident happened on Friday when Bradley reportedly confronted the woman to argue about their broken relationship.

The woman told police she tried to get away from Bradley in her car but he got into the car through the passenger window and she was driving away.

In the arrest report, Ferro wrote that Bradley “forced the vehicle into park and pulled a chunk of hair from the victim’s head.”

The second incident happened shortly before 7 p.m. as the woman was leaving her home in the 1400 block of SE 2nd Ave. with her 8-year-old son and his 8-year old friend.

The woman and the boys told police that Bradley hit the woman on the back of the head with a handgun inside a black sock, then took the gun out of the sock.

Ferro wrote in his report that while the children watched, Bradley “forced the handgun in the face of the victim, told her to open her mouth and threatened to kill the victim.”

The woman and the children told police that Bradley said to the woman: “If you go to the police, I will kill you.”

The woman and the children told police that Bradley left the area when “the two 8-year-old witnesses attacked the defendant with baseball bats, which stopped the attack.”

The woman drove the the police department to report the incident.

Police said a check of national criminal records showed Bradley has eight prior felony convictions. Florida Department of Corrections records show Bradley was sentenced to 18 months in prison for a 1998 conviction for possession of cocaine and fleeing and attempting to elude police at a high speed.

He was also sentenced to two years of probation in the late 1990s for sale or delivery of cocaine.

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