Man arrested on allegations he threatened two others with knife before cutting self

Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 4:24 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday after authorities said he threatened two people at a homeless camp with a 6-inch-long kitchen knife before turning the knife on himself and cutting his forearms.

When arrested, Daniel J. Butler, 40, of 4780 Hawthorne Road, told an Alachua County sheriff’s deputy that he had gotten high on marijuana, meth and cocaine, and had drunk a 12-pack of beer before the incident. He said he also was upset over the loss of his father and often cuts himself to deal with the death, the Sheriff’s Office reported, noting that Butler denied threatening anyone with the knife.

A witness and resident of the homeless camp in the woods just north of Hawthorne Road told the Sheriff’s Office he saw Butler approach and threaten another resident of the camp with the knife.

The witness said he got between the two, after which Butler walked toward him and threatened to cut him. The witness, fearing for his life, backed away from Butler, who then instead started slicing his forearms.

Butler was found in the camp and taken by ambulance to the hospital with slice marks on both arms. He later was arrested and booked into the Alachua County jail on a charge of aggravated battery and remained in the jail Wednesday in lieu of $10,000 bond.

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