Man threatened woman with baseball bat, deputies say

Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested Sunday night after deputies say he chased his girlfriend with his car and hit her car with a baseball bat.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office authorities responded at 11:41 p.m. to the Johnson and Fletcher Insurance Building on Northwest 13th Street where the victim told them that Nathaniel Brown, 44, of 6427 NW 61st Blvd., was following her in his car, the report said.

The victim said that earlier she and Brown had agreed to meet at the location so he could give back her debit card. After she asked Brown multiple times for her debit card, he walked back to his car and emerged with a black baseball bat, the report said.

The victim told deputies Brown held the bat over his shoulders, “like a baseball player waiting on a pitch,” and walked toward her, so she got inside her car and drove away. He hit the rear of her car with the bat as she was driving away, the report said.

Brown got in his car and began chasing the victim around the neighborhood. The victim said that when she would stop at stop signs, Brown would get out of his car and run toward her car, the report said.

Deputies found the baseball bat in the bushes alongside the insurance building. Brown was found at the Traveler's Inn on Northwest 13th Street, where he told officers he was visiting a friend, the report said.

Brown told deputies he did not follow his girlfriend with the vehicle, but deputies said his hood was warm to the touch. Brown said he hid the bat behind the bushes because his girlfriend is “crazy.”

Brown was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, according to the report. He is being held as of Monday at the Alachua County jail.

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