Gainesville man arrested after allegedly getting into altercation with neighbors

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 10:36 p.m.

Gainesville police said a fight over trash ended with one man going to jail and two people being slightly injured.

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Alachua County Jail

Shawn Daniel Coleman, 36, of 4000 S.W. 37th Blvd., was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling and two counts of battery during a burglary. The incident occurred at about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Campus Club apartments, where Coleman and the two victims all live.

According to an arrest report by Officer Cystal Castor, Coleman lives two floors above the victims - Amanda M. Sullivan and Pedro Jose Saade Flores - and had an ongoing argument with them about trash.

One of the victims reportedly put a bag of trash outside Coleman's apartment door and left. Castor said that when Coleman found the trash he went to the victims' apartment and banged on the door until it opened.

According to the victims and two other witnesses, Castor began arguing with one victim and took a step toward the open apartment door. The other victim said she put up her arm to stop Coleman from coming in and he hit her on the wrist, knocking her arm out of the way. Coleman then allegedly hit the other victim in the chest.

Castor noted that the second victim had a large red palm print on his chest and the drawstring from his sweatshirt was torn off during the altercation.

Coleman reportedly denied going into the apartment or touching either victim. Castor said she did not see any marks on Coleman. He was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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