3rd suspect in stabbing of Steelers lineman arrested in Gainesville
Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
Federal and local law officers tracked a suspect in the recent stabbing of a Pittsburgh Steelers football player to a Gainesville hotel and they caught him Friday after stunning him with a Taser.
Jerrell Whitlock, 26, of Pittsburgh, was arrested at the Knights Inn, 2820 NW 13th St., on a warrant for attempted murder and other charges related to the stabbing of offensive lineman Mike Adams during an attempted carjacking in Pittsburgh.
John Blount, inspector-in-charge of the U.S. Marshal's Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, said Whitlock was in a second-floor room registered to his sister, Ashley Whitlock.
When officers from several agencies announced their presence, he tried to flee out a back door onto a balcony, Blount said.
Whitlock was confronted and eventually subdued with a Taser, Blount said. The warrant charges him with attempted homicide, attempted robbery, aggravated assault and conspiracy.
Whitlock's girlfriend, Precious Gethers, was also taken into custody on a warrant for hindering apprehension and endangering the welfare of a child.
Their 3-year-old daughter was in the room as well.
Authorities took Whitlock and Gethers, 25, to the Alachua County jail for confinement until they can be returned to Pennsylvania.
Whitlock joins two other men already in custody for the June 1 attack on Adams, which occurred as Adams left a Pittsburgh restaurant about 3 a.m.
Adams, 6-foot-7 and 345 pounds, required surgery for the stab wounds.
Blount said investigators got tips that Whitlock was in Lake City, where Ashley Whitlock lives. Officers searched for him there before getting information he could be in a Gainesville hotel.
Officers checked hotels here and found a Knights Inn room that was registered to Ashley Whitlock.