Shopping dispute ends with knives and threat
Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.
Police said that what started as a trip to a grocery store to help a neighbor on Tuesday evening ended as a standoff between two people wielding knives.
The Gainesville Police Department was called shortly before 8 p.m. to an apartment at 3230 Archer Road, where witnesses said a man and woman had been arguing over grocery money while both were armed with knives.
In an arrest report, Officer James Franklin wrote that Craig Adams, 51, agreed to go to a store and buy food for his neighbor, Careisha Steele. Steele told Franklin that Adams only bought half the items she had requested but refused to return her money.
Adams and Steele began arguing, Franklin said, and then Steele ran into her apartment to get away from Adams. Steele told police she thought Adams was about to harm her because he had become aggressive and hostile. Once she got into her apartment, she armed herself with a kitchen knife.
Witnesses told police that Franklin went to his apartment, picked up a butcher knife and then headed back toward Steele’s apartment while yelling a threat to kill her.
A witness stepped between Adams and the door to Steele’s apartment, according to Franklin’s report.
Adams was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault and booked into the Alachua County jail.