Police: Woman arrested after throwing knife at man in front of officer


Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 4:23 p.m.

A Gainesville woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after police allege she threw a kitchen knife at her boyfriend in the presence of law enforcement early Monday morning.

Gainesville Police Officers Kelly Weaver and James Alford were conducting a criminal mischief investigation at 3 a.m. in the 400 block of Northwest Second Avenue and was interviewing the suspect in that case, Daniel Eli Hoffner of Gainesville, when 28-year old Rhawnlie Ann Brown approached and began saying repeatedly she would “stab him in the chest” if he wasn't arrested, referring to Hoffner.

Ultimately, Brown reached into the basket of her bike and retrieved an item from it and walked toward Hoffner again. Brown then threw a small kitchen paring knife at Hoffner's back from approximately 20 feet away. Weaver intervened, and the knife fell to the ground without touching Hoffner.

Officers also arrested Hoffner as a result of the original criminal mischief investigation, according to a separate report. Hoffner had entered Brown's apartment at the same address and poured tea and milk on her property, police reported. During his investigation, Officer James Alford observed tea and milk all over Brown's couch, laptop, pillows, mattress and bed sheets.

The estimated damage to Brown's property is approximately $200. A search of Hoffner also revealed possession of approximately 2 grams of marijuana.

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