Report: Woman held at gunpoint in her car; man arrested


Published: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 10, 2012 at 7:59 p.m.

A man was arrested after a High Springs woman was held at gunpoint in her car in Alachua Sunday afternoon, police reported.

The 44-year-old woman was sitting outside the Alachua Branch Library in her parked Dodge Durango at 14913 NW 140th St. when she was approached by a man later identified by police as Donald Mac Brown, 36, of Conyers, Ga.

According to Alachua police, Brown spoke to the woman through the locked passenger side door. Brown told the woman he needed to talk to her and pulled the handle of the door as he spoke, according to police.

Brown then dove head first into the open passenger side window, according to reports. The woman started the engine of her car and tried to roll up her windows.

Brown pointed a loaded .38-caliber revolver at her, struck her in the face with the barrel and told her to drive, according to reports.

The woman began screaming and Brown covered her mouth with his hand, according to reports. The victim told police that Brown put his hand around her neck.

The woman put the vehicle in drive and lurched over a concrete car stop. She escaped from the car and ran toward the fire station. As she ran, she told a bystander to call law enforcement. The woman was not injured.

Alachua police tracked the suspect with K-9 units and caught up to Brown about 100 yards away at the Alachua Chevron at 15000 NW U.S. 441.

Brown ran away, and threw his gun behind the gas station, according to reports. Police chased Brown into a heavily wooded area and caught him about 75 yards away.

Brown will face charges of attempted kidnapping, armed burglary, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest without violence.

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