Man attacked for buying too little drugs, police say


Published: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 8:14 p.m.

Timothy Johnson told a man to buy him drugs, then attacked him with a box cutter when the man didn’t buy enough, according to a report.

Gainesville Police said Johnson, 47, who shares a common area in an apartment with the victim on the 900 block of SW Eighth Avenue, told the man around 4 a.m. Saturday to go buy him drugs.

The victim reluctantly agreed, but when he returned, Johnson grabbed a box cutter and cut him on the left side of his throat, police said.

The victim talked to Johnson for about a half hour before calming him down enough to toss the cutter away and leave. The man then went to a store several blocks away and called police.

Johnson told police that he had been drinking heavily and had been sleeping on the couch in the common area, where he has lived for two days.

As police were arresting Johnson, he threatened them and spit at one officer. Police eventually restrained him and he was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, and battery on a law enforcement officer. He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Sunday.

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