GPD: Man arrested with butcher knife under driver’s seat


Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 5:29 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 5:29 p.m.

When a police officer stopped a Gainesville man early Sunday morning, the officer asked if he had any weapons in his vehicle.

The man said no and tried to change the subject while repeatedly reaching under the driver’s seat, according to a report. A subsequent search found a butcher knife under the seat, according to a Gainesville Police report.

Al St. Louis, 35, was driving in the 1100 block of E University Avenue shortly after midnight when the officer stopped him for not having a license plate on his Nissan Maxima. Officer Natalie Hall also discovered his license was expired and the car was not registered.

She asked St. Louis if he had any weapons, and he did not answer at first then tried to change the subject, the report states. Hall asked again if he had any weapons, and St. Louis, replied, “Not that I know of’’ as he twice reached under the seat.

Hall searched the car and found an 8-inch serrated butcher knife under the driver’s seat.

St. Louis was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and failure to register a vehicle.

He was being held at the Alachua County jail on a $50,000 bond.

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