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Monday, December 11, 2023

Ocala man nabbed after running out of gas on stolen motorcycle

An Ocala man who ran out of gas on a stolen motorcycle was arrested on multiple drug and weapons charges early Monday morning.

Timothy Andrew Bouker, 36, was charged with trafficking in heroin (28 grams to 30 kilograms), grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The resident of a home on NE 97th Street told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy he and his fiancé were lying on their couch when they heard what sounded like someone moving their doorknob and trying to break into their home. He said he went outside and saw a man and woman at the end of the driveway, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The resident said the man, later identified as Bouker, yelled that his motorcycle ran out of gas. When the resident got into his truck and shined his headlights at the subjects, Bouker and the woman began to walk away. While responding to the location, another deputy encountered the couple, who confirmed the motorcycle ran out of gas, the report said.

The deputy located the motorcycle in front of the residence and noticed that it appeared to have been recently painted black. A records check of the motorcycle’s tag number showed it was stolen, and Bouker was detained. Deputies searched Bouker and found a firearm in his front waistband, a large plastic wrap containing a brown substance, a pack of cigarettes containing a small plastic baggie with a brown powdery substance, and half of a blue straw containing a brown powdery substance. The large plastic wrap weighed approximately 70 grams, according to the report.

The brown powdery substance from all three items field tested positive for heroin, and a records check of the gun’s serial number revealed it was stolen in Marion County. Bouker said he wasn’t aware the motorcycle was stolen and was given to fix about a week ago by a friend named Michael. He said he traded heroine for the gun a couple weeks ago but didn’t know it was stolen, the report said.

Bouker didn’t answer questions about the drugs in his pocked but made statements during the investigation that he uses heroin. A criminal history check revealed he’s a convicted felon.

Bouker was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released later in the day on $76,000 bond. No information on a court date was available.