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[Original Publish Date: 10/19/19]
MOUNT DORA, Florida – Running from an arrest warrant took on literal meaning when a Mount Dora police officer had to chase and tackle a man he tased on Tuesday, with both men ending up in the front yard of a property at 716 East Grand View Avenue. Charles A. Gunn II, 31, was subsequently arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail on a Lake County charge of resisting with violence, as well as on an Orange County active warrant charge of armed robbery.
The encounter began when law enforcement responded to an area near East Lincoln Avenue and North Orange Street to search for a possible suspect in the armed robbery of Vincent’s Italian Restaurant. Spotted was “a black male, dreaded hair, wearing no shirt and black pants” running through backyards, according to an arrest affidavit. One responding officer heard “branches cracking” from within a wooded area and observed the subject trying to conceal himself, before fleeing at the sight of the officer. When the individual – confirmed after arrest to be Gunn – refused to stop, a foot chase ensued.
The affidavit states the officer chasing Gunn “deployed [his] issued Taser. Two probes struct the subject on the right rib area, but the subject immediately ripped the probes out and began to run again.” After Gunn was tackled and arrested, the report states, Gunn “complained of pain and was transported to Advent [Health] Waterman to be evaluated [and] once cleared he was transported to Lake County Jail for booking.”
Tuesday’s booking sheet records list Gunn’s bond for the resisting charge as $1,000, however current jail records reflect a $10,000 bond – as well as a “No Bond” status due to a bond revocation order. Gunn was previously booked into the Lake County Jail in 2010 on a charge of failure to appear.
James Hope is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer who has been practicing criminal law in Tavares, Florida, since 1987. He has also been the Publisher and Executive Editor of Lake Legal News since 2009. He may be contacted at LakeLegalNews@gmail.com, or through his website at www.AttorneyJamesHope.com. [PHOTO CREDIT: Bonnie Whicher]