Friends used social media to alert man trouble was coming, police say
Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 5:22 p.m.
As two men who police say were looking to shoot another man over a dispute about a woman drove around Gainesville on Tuesday night, friends of the target fired off social media messages to alert him and others of the two men’s whereabouts.
Lexly M. “Peanut’’ Roberts, 24, of 3305 SE 22nd Place, had confronted the other man several times over the past month, including showing up at his home and threatening to “put one in his dome,” according to a Gainesville Police Department report.
Roberts has known the other man for nine years but they have had an ongoing dispute for several months after Roberts accused the man of having a relationship with the mother of Roberts’ child, police said.
At about 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Dwayne A. “He-Man’’ McGee, 24, of 1003 NE 26th Terrace, drove Roberts to the home of the victim’s friend in the 900 block of Northeast 25th Street, where a number of the victim’s friends were hanging out, the report said.
Before they arrived, police said the victim’s friends had been sending out messages on social media warning that Roberts was dangerous.
As Roberts and McGee sped toward the house, the group scattered, police said.
One girl, who wasn’t looking at the street, turned around as the two men rolled past, and Roberts pointed a handgun at her, according to the report.
Roberts didn’t fire the gun but minutes later there was a report of a shot fired at the nearby Gardenia Gardens apartment complex. A witness saw Roberts and McGee drive into the complex, but GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said it’s unclear if Roberts fired the gun.
“Nobody wanted to talk to us,” Tobias said. “We don’t know who actually shot at that point.”
About 10:30 p.m., Roberts walked into the Gate Food Store at 500 NW 13th St., where the victim works.
The report states Roberts threatened the man and mimicked having a gun, and the man called police.
An officer saw the car, now with Roberts alone and driving, headed south on Northwest 13th Street, police said. The officer turned and began to follow him, and Roberts sped up and turned onto Northwest Fifth Avenue.
After a chase through the residential area at speeds of 60 mph, Roberts eluded the officer near Northwest Seventh Avenue, the report said.
Police set up a perimeter and soon they found McGee walking with his girlfriend in the 700 block of NW 20th Street. McGee was arrested, and police said they soon found the car parked in the driveway of an abandoned house.
A police dog tracked Roberts from the vehicle, and he was found hiding in bushes in the 1900 block of NW Seventh Place. Roberts resisted arrest and was bitten by the dog, police say.
Roberts was arrested on multiple counts, including aggravated assault, stalking, possession of a firearm by a felon, fleeing and resisting an officer and possession of marijuana. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Wednesday in lieu of a $619,000 bond.
McGee was arrested on counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy. He was in the Alachua County jail on Wednesday on a $510,000 bond.