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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Two UF students arrested at an appearance by former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday night were released from the Alachua County Jail on Tuesday afternoon.

Donning orange jumpsuits and black hoods, Richard Gutierrez and Kevin Hachey climbed on stage about 15 minutes into Gonzales' address at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

University Police Department officers then led the students away without a struggle and arrested them for disrupting a public event.

UPD Lt. Stacy Ettel said the students were cooperative after police approached them.

"I think there was a point made, and that point was well-received, at least by those who wanted to hear it," Ettel said.

After being processed at the UPD station, Gutierrez and Hachey were taken to the Alachua County Jail, which is managed by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

The students were booked around 11 p.m. and then changed into inmate jumpsuits. They were fingerprinted, photographed and put up in a holding cell.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, they appeared before a judge, who released them without having to post bail because they agreed to appear in court in about 30 days.

They left the jail later that afternoon.

Ettel said the misdemeanor charge will likely result in probation and some required community service if the students plead or are found guilty.

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