Police: Man arrested after fighting on taxi hood, punching cabbie


Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested early Friday morning after police say he got into a fight with another man, brawled on the hood of a taxicab and punched the cabbie after he asked the two men to move.

Tristian J. Williams, 29, was leaving [a]the Balls bar at 1716 University Ave. when he and another man started to fight, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

The fight spilled onto the street, and the two men ended up on the hood of an idling taxi, according to the report.

The report states the driver asked the men to move so he could leave, and Williams cursed at the cabbie and punched him in the face several times.

The driver tried to block the punches with his arm, causing his $399 smartwatch to break.

Williams was arrested on a felony charge of burglary and misdemeanor charges of battery and property damage. He was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday in lieu of a $17,000 bond.

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