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Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Gainesville man charged with aggravated assault

A 19-year-old man was arrested after being accused of threatening to shoot someone in the head during a drug deal Monday.

Officers from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to 1803 S.W. 69th Terrace when they received a call about an armed disturbance between two men.

ASO spokesman Steve Maynard said the victim, Keith Small, was able to identify the man as Courtney Crosby, 19, of Gainesville.

Maynard said that ASO officers have dealt with Crosby in previous drug-related cases.

Small told officers that Crosby came to his residence to collect $45 that Small owed him for marijuana, Maynard said.

When Small didn't give him the money, Crosby took out a gun and threatened to shoot him.

The officers then surrounded Crosby's residence at 1949 S.W. 69th Drive, where they found him and 10 marijuana plants inside, the report stated.

A 9 mm semiautomatic handgun was found in the backyard of the house, but the second handgun was not found.

Crosby was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and destroying or tampering evidence, both felonies.

Threatening with guns is very common in the drug community, Maynard said.

"Last year, almost all of the homicides in Alachua County were drug-related," he said.

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