Duped out of $100, man with knife accused of chasing woman


Published: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 5:46 p.m.

Gainesville police say a 62-year-old man who attempted to solicit a prostitute but instead was duped out of $100 ended up brandishing a knife as he chased a different woman who he thought was involved in the theft.

Hermino Laboy had been drinking alcohol by the pool at Sundown Villas Apartments at 3600 Windmeadows Boulevard for much of the day Thursday, where several other people were present, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Laboy allegedly offered one woman cash in exchange for a sex act and the two left the pool area and went into his apartment.

Laboy told police he went to the bathroom inside in his apartment and came out to find the woman and the contents of his wallet were gone.

According to the report, Laboy then grabbed a pink-handled kitchen knife and approached another woman in the parking lot who had been by the pool earlier, demanding his money back.

The victim fled to her apartment and slammed the door, but Laboy stood outside banging on the door, police said. As the victim looked through the peephole, she told police she could see Laboy waving the knife back and forth. The woman told GPD officers she grabbed a glass bottle for defense before opening the door and demanding the man leave her doorway.

When police arrived, Laboy was not present but soon returned without the knife and continued to argue about his missing money.

He admitted to soliciting a prostitute and wielding a knife on the victim, but said he only used it to “show (the victim) he wasn’t afraid of her.”

Laboy was charged with aggravated assault and transported to the Alachua County jail, where he is currently being held on a bond of $100,000.

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