Police: Ex-inmate facing four felonies after trying to grab officer's gun during arrest


Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:08 p.m.

A man who police said had been living with his aunt and uncle since being released from prison was arrested late Thursday on four felony accounts after officers said he fought to steal his aunt's purse for drug money and later tried to grab an officer's gun while being arrested.

John Samuel, 48, was arrested at his aunt and uncle's residence in the 600 block of Northeast 16th Terrace and charged with robbery with a weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer with violence. When he was booked into the Alachua County jail, a crack pipe was found hidden in his sock, police reported, and a charge of smuggling contraband into a detention facility was added.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, this is what is alleged to have happened Thursday night:

Samuel, who officials said has a drug problem, demanded money from his aunt, which she refused. During the ensuing argument, Samuel grabbed his aunt's purse and tried to leave the home. When his aunt and uncle tried to stop him, Samuel grabbed a knife and began swinging it at them.

When officers arrived at the home, the aunt and uncle were holding him on the ground. As police tried to handcuff him, Samuel tried to grab an officer's gun, which he later said he wanted because he "wanted to shoot someone," police said. The officers were able to prevent him from getting the gun, handcuffed him and took him to the jail.

He was booked into the jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of a $250,000 bond.

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