Man accused of assault after confrontation at motel


Published: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 5:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 5:53 p.m.

Aggravated assault and burglary charges were filed against a Gainesville man early Saturday morning following an altercation at a motel in which he is accused of choking a woman and pointing a gun at two people, according to Gainesville police arrest report.

Jerry Mims, 31, of 2000 SW 13th St., Room 429, was charged with aggravated assault, two counts of assault/battery during a burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of battery, the report states.

The incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. at the Motel ABC on Southwest 13th Street. The two victims, both women, were visiting Mims in his room. Mims began cussing at one of them, who left the room and waited outside, police reported.

Mims then reportedly hit the other woman several times in the face and choked her, police said. Meanwhile, the woman outside tried to drive off but ran over a parking curb.

The report states that Mims got a .22-caliber handgun from some nearby bushes and pointed it at the two women, who were looking at the curb underneath the car.

One woman tried to call 911, but Mims snatched her phone and threw it across the parking lot, police said. Mims allegedly pointed the gun at the forehead of one woman and threatened to kill her.

Officer Shawn Hardman said she confronted Mims at gunpoint in the breezeway. She reported that he had a hand down the front of his sweatpants and ignored her command to show his hands.

Mims hid behind some cars. Hardman reported that she heard a noise that sounded like Mims throwing his gun down. He eventually obeyed her commands and was arrested. The gun was found under a car.

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