Two charged with robbing woman of $50,000


Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:54 p.m.

A Gainesville man and woman were arrested Thursday morning — with the man's bail set at more than $1 million — after police say the man broke into a home Monday, tied up the owner and stole $50,000 worth of her possessions.

The Gainesville Police Department said that at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, the victim returned to her home in the 500 block of Northeast Fourth Avenue from shopping and that when she unlocked the door, Lamar Mitchell, 36, of 2210 NE Seventh Place, grabbed her throat and put her in a choke hold, the report said.

The victim said Mitchell then pushed her and jumped on top of her. Police said he then took out a pocketknife and held the victim's wrist with one hand as he covered the victim's mouth with the other hand, the report said.

The victim said Mitchell told her he was going to kill her, and during her struggle, the victim received two cuts on her right wrist, the report said.

After the victim opened her combination safe for Mitchell, he used electrical cords to tie her arms and legs. The suspect then took a large amount of currency, coins, gold, silver, credit cards and a checkbook from the safe, with a combined worth of about $50,000, the report said.

Police said Mitchell then put the items in a backpack and ran from the residence. The victim was able to free herself and began running and screaming behind Mitchell, but police said Kai King, 23, of 1623 NE 17th Way, picked him up in a vehicle and drove away, the report said.

The next morning, the victim's credit card was used at a gas station for $40, at The Oaks Mall for $164.28 and at a Red Mango Restaurant for $10.49. Surveillance video from the three locations showed King making the purchases, the report said.

On Wednesday, a check from the victim was forged and cashed at Wells Fargo for $1,500. After police contacted the man whose name was on the check, he told police the people who gave him the check lived at King's home, the report said.

After obtaining a search warrant and searching King and Mitchell's home, police found multiple firearms located in the house, including a gun hidden under a child's bed. Police said they also found 107.5 grams of marijuana and a white powdered substance that tested positive for cocaine. A checkbook belonging to the victim also was found in the residence, the report said.

Mitchell was charged with robbery, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, cocaine possession, marijuana possession and kidnapping. King was charged with robbery, forgery, fraud, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, cocaine possession and kidnapping, according to the report.

GPD Officer Ben Tobias said they are looking at Mitchell in connection with other outstanding cases in the city.

Mitchell and King were being held Friday at the Alachua County jail, with Mitchell in lieu of $1,370,000 and bond not yet set for King.

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