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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

OPD arrests man accused of threatening cousin with firearm

A 21-year-old man was arrested by the Ocala Police Department after he was accused of threatening his cousin with a firearm during a card game.

On Friday, October 28, shortly after 6:40 p.m., an OPD officer responded to a residence in the 1800 block of NW 2nd Street in reference to a man, later identified as Johntrelle C. Fields, who had allegedly used a firearm to threaten a relative.

Johntrelle C. Fields
Johntrelle C. Fields

Upon arrival, the officer made contact with a female reportee who advised that Fields had a firearm and was walking away from the residence. According to the OPD report, the officer spotted Fields, approached him, and gave him verbal commands to lay on the ground.

Once Fields was detained, the officer conducted a pat-down search and did not locate a firearm.

The officer returned to the reportee who advised that Fields was playing a card game in the front yard with one of his female cousins. They were playing for cash, and Fields allegedly became upset when the victim won his money during the game.

The reportee advised that Fields pulled out a black firearm from his waistband and threatened the victim to “give him the money back.” Fields then allegedly pointed the firearm at the victim, snatched the money from her hand, and ran back to his residence in the 1700 block of NW 1st Street shortly after law enforcement was called.

According to the reportee, Fields ran to his residence to place the firearm inside the home.

While interviewing the reportee, the officer was shown video footage of the alleged incident that was recorded on a cellphone. The OPD report stated that Fields was seen on the footage pulling out a firearm from his waistband with his right hand before placing it back in his shorts.

The reportee refused to provide the video to the officer for evidence, and the officer also noted in the OPD report that the victim and all other parties involved were “non-compliant and refused to speak with officers” regarding the alleged incident.

After being read his Miranda rights, Fields refused to speak with the officer.

The officer noted in the report that Fields is suspected of intentionally depriving the victim of her money while allegedly committing the robbery with a firearm. Fields was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $50,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for domestic armed robbery with a firearm.

A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, November 29 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.