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Investigator details Gainesville mans alleged crime spree
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Marquis Bonds enters Hall County Magistrate Court on Monday morning for a committal hearing. Bonds is accused of threatening an imam with a pistol and kidnapping a baby.

A Gainesville Police investigator testified Monday about three hours of what the department called an “erratic crime spree” last month around Gainesville.

Marquis Bonds, 24, of Gainesville, is charged with kidnapping, attempted aggravated assault and theft by taking among other charges.

Brad Raper took the stand Monday morning in Magistrate Court, telling the judge first about an alleged aggressive driving incident Aug. 22 involving Imam Bilal Ali.

Raper said a white BMW came from behind Ali around 9 a.m. and blocked him on Prior Street at College Avenue.

According to testimony, Bonds told the imam he was going to “smoke (his) a--” while allegedly reaching for an AK pistol. Two calls to 911 dispatch reportedly described Bonds putting a magazine into the weapon, Raper said.

After a series of movements across the city involving multiple vehicles, Bonds later appeared around 11 a.m. at Friendly Food Mart on Athens Street.

A tobacco representative at the shop made a 911 call about a man with a gun.

“Officers are in route at this point to the location, as this is the second call of a man with an AK-47 for the morning,” Raper said.

Bonds then allegedly got inside a van running in the convenience store parking lot, Raper said. The investigator testified that the van belonged to a family member, and a 1-year-old child was inside.

The van was found at the East Ridge mobile home park.

Bonds was arrested and placed in a Gainesville Police Department interview room. Raper said he was investigating the different alleged crime scenes and that Bonds “became escalated and angry about waiting.”

He was charged with hitting and kicking the walls inside the interview room.

Bonds’ attorney Blake Poole questioned Raper how much of the gun Ali was able to see.

In his arguments before the judge, Poole said there was little evidence about Bonds knowing a child was inside the van.

“The fact that he stopped a quarter of a mile down the road and immediately took the child out of the van is indicative of the fact that there is not probable cause for this particular warrant of kidnapping,” Poole said.

Poole also argued it was “too big of a leap” on the attempted aggravated assault charge when Ali didn’t see the full weapon.

The judge sent on all charges to Superior Court save one duplicate possession of a firearm by a first offender charge.

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