Man threatened to kill 2 Walmart workers, police say

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:17 p.m.

Gainesville Police officers arrested a 20-year-old Newberry man Tuesday evening after they say he threatened to kill two Walmart loss prevention officers and later hid from police in the trunk of an unlocked vehicle.

At about 6:30 p.m., Keith Lamar Hopkins Jr., of 14358 NW 27th Ave., walked into the Walmart Supercenter at 1800 NE 12th Ave. and approached a loss prevention officer from behind, according to a GPD arrest report.

He cursed at the woman, the report states, saying he knew her and planned to stab her. He ordered her out of the store.

Another loss prevention officer arrived, and Hopkins threatened to kill her too, the report states. The women escorted Hopkins out of the store. When they said they planned to call police, Hopkins fled.

Officers later arrived at the store and printed out a picture of Hopkins from a surveillance video. Police said Hopkins had a history of incidents at the Walmart, which included shoplifting, trespassing and assault.

An hour later, officers found Hopkins walking in the 1100 block of Northeast 25th Street. They ordered him to stop, and he ignored their commands and ran.

Police chased Hopkins down the street and caught him hiding inside the trunk of a resident's vehicle, the report states.

Officers arrested Hopkins on burglary and resisting arrest charges and took him to the Alachua County jail, where jail officials booked him into the facility at about 7:30 p.m.

Hopkins remained in custody Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

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