Gainesville Police arrested a local man Thursday after they say he pushed and choked employees at Rowdy Reptile.
David Michael Evans, 30, tried to break into Rowdy Reptile, at 1702 W. University Ave., after the bar had closed at 2 a.m., according to an arrest report. Employees closed the door on Evans after he pushed an employee and choked another.
Evans kicked at the door and threatened to kill the employee he pushed, police said. As officers brought him down the stairs outside the bar, he let his legs buckle underneath him, resisting arrest.
Officers carried him down the stairs and into the back seat of the police car, according to the report.
Joshua Allyn Evans, 29, tried to intervene in David Evans’s arrest by placing his body close to the officer who was arresting David Evans. The arrest report states Joshua Evans was charged with resisting an officer without violence, but the Alachua County Jail had no record of his arrest.
It is unknown whether there is any relation between the two men.
Police arrested David Evans on charges of simple battery, simple assault and resisting an officer without violence. Authorities took David Evans to jail where he was released on his own recognizance Thursday afternoon. As of press time, he could not be reached for comment.
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