Second man arrested in robbery near Bivens Arm


Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.

Correction: Police have arrested two men in connection with a July 17 mugging that occurred in the 2600 block of Southwest 14th Drive near Bivens Arm. An earlier version of this article incorrectly listed a specific address for the crime.

A Gainesville man was arrested Monday in connection with a July 17 midnight mugging.

Joseph D. Keaton, 20, of 2845 NE 39th Ave., was the second person arrested after police say two Gainesville residents walking to their apartment were held up at knifepoint, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

The first man arrested was Tsali C. Strickland, who was taken into custody after police allege he robbed a CVS with a pocket knife. Police said they connected Strickland with the July 17 robbery and he was identified by the two victims in a photo lineup.

The robbery took place in the 2600 block of Southwest 14th Drive, near Bivens Arm, shortly after midnight on July 17. Police said two men approached a man and a woman, and one pulled out a pocket knife. The man wielding the knife held it to the man's stomach while he took $10 out of the victim's wallet, police said.

The second man said “Don't do it girl” to the woman, who was trying to call the police, according to the GPD arrest report.

The report stated the victims identified Strickland as the man with the knife, while Keaton stood close by and didn't let the second victim called the police.

Keaton was arrested on felony charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and preventing a call to the police. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Tuesday in lieu of a $520,000 bond.

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