Man accused of threatening woman, taking cell phone

Published: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Friday afternoon on allegations he tried to get money from a woman and then stole the cellphone of her friend, according to an arrest report.

Darris James Thompson, 30, of 1904 NE 3rd Ave., was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and petty theft, Gainesville police reported.

The incident occurred about 1:37 p.m. on the street at 900 NW 6th St. Police allege Thompson asked one of the women for money she owed him. The report states the woman told Thompson she did not have the money, which angered him.

Police report that he started using a threatening tone toward the woman. She tried to use her friend’s cellphone to call police but he slapped it to the ground, picked it up and told her she would not get it back until she paid him what was owed.

Thompson rode off on his bike but was found by police shortly afterward, the report states. He told police he tried to get money from the woman but denied slapping the phone out of her hand. He admitted taking the phone, the report states.

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