Man, 23, arrested after confronting ex-boss

Published: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.

A 23-year-old Gainesville man was charged with simple assault Friday after police say he followed his ex-boss in a vehicle, forced him to stop and then approached him outside the vehicle in an aggressive manner.

Tyler Charles Holtz II, of 1619 SE Third Ave. in Gainesville, was driving a vehicle eastbound in the 800 block of West University Avenue and was behind a vehicle occupied by his ex-boss when, according to a Gainesville police lieutenant who witnessed the incident, Holtz pulled up next to the ex-boss' vehicle and flashed a flashlight at the man. Holtz then sped up, pulled in front of the victim's car and applied his brakes, forcing the victim to stop.

The officer who happened to witness the confrontation, GPD Lt. Bruce Giles, said Holtz then exited his car and approached his ex-boss "in an aggressive manner."

The victim told police that he has known Holtz for a few years and has employed him as a drywall technician until just a few days ago, at which point he fired Holtz.

Police said Holtz later admitted to following his ex-boss and speeding around him to stop him. Holtz told police that he wanted to confront his ex-boss over a debt owed from a previous job.

Holtz told police he was not going to fight his ex-boss but understood the victim was fearful considering Holtz's aggression.

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