Authorities arrest man suspected of robbery spree


Today the Gainesville Police Department (GDP) and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office (ASCO) announced they made an arrest in an investigation into a string of robberies committed in the Gainesville area since last month.

In cooperation with agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, local authorities arrested James Clark II, 20, for robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Clark was taken into custody by ACSO deputies at the Eastwood Apartments (925 SE 43rd Street) shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8. Clark was arrested on a warrant obtained by GPD detectives in connection with the spree of robberies that occurred in the City of Gainesville and Alachua County between December 14, 2020 and January 4, 2021.

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Clark’s apprehension came three days after authorities released security camera photos of the suspect and called for the public’s help with identification. 

This is ongoing is an ongoing investigation between GPD, ACSO, and ATF.

If anyone has information on this suspect, or the burglaries occurring between December 14, 2020 and January 4, 2021, please contact GPD Robbery/Homicide Detective Tom Mullins at: 352-393-7619 or, or ACSO Detective James Parker at: 352-367- 4189 or

You can also make anonymous reports by contacting Crime Stoppers at: 352- 372-7867 or

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