Night vision goggles aid in suspect's arrest

Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:33 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:33 a.m.

A suspect in an attempted arson and domestic violence case was arrested after being spotted through night vision goggles.

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Anthony White


Anthony White, 24, Gainesville, was arrested Saturday night by Gainesville Police on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery and attempted arson.

According to police, White had been involved in a domestic disturbance around 8 p.m. Saturday at In the Pines apartments at 205 S.E. 16th Ave.

The alleged victim in the case told police that White had poked her in the head with his finger several times. The woman said she got away from him by locking herself inside a bedroom. When she opened the door, White was standing outside it with a kitchen knife raised over his head and threatened to kill her.

Witnesses said that when the woman shut the bedroom door the second time, White piled clothing in front of it, sprayed the pile with lighter fluid and tried to ignite the clothing pile with a piece of paper he had lit. The witnesses said they put out the fire while White fled from the apartment.

Police were called and Officer Tony Ferro put on the department's night vision goggles. Ferro was told that White had previously fled from officers before by running into the nearby woods.

Ferro said White apparently did not see him in the dark until he had walked right up to the officer. Ferro said he spoke to White, apparently surprising him so much that he tripped and fell down and was then arrested without incident.

White was being held at the Alachua County jail on Monday.

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