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Man arrested after run-in with local bounty hunters
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Gainesville Police cuff a man Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Linwood Apartments after he brandished a weapon when confronted by local bounty hunters. The suspect had skipped bond and had other outstanding warrants. - photo by Scott Rogers

A man was arrested after being confronted by local bounty hunters at the Linwood Apartments in Gainesville on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Fredrick Lakieth Smith Jr.  was taken into custody by the Gainesville Police after officers were called in for backup, according to Jon Dalman, a bail recovery agent working on behalf of Easy Out Bail Bonding in Gainesville.

Smith was booked into Hall County jail for an outstanding bench warrant, probation violation warrants and a charge of theft by receiving stolen property, which carries a $5,700 bond, according to Sheriff’s Office records.

Dalman told The Times on scene that his team had traced the man’s whereabouts to the complex located off Thompson Bridge Road near Lakewood Baptist Church.

Dalman said the gun Smith had was stolen, but the suspect was captured without an altercation. 

“The original call stated that he had (brandished the firearm), but through further investigation, he never brandished it or pointed it at anyone,” Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said.

Dalman said the man had skipped out on bail payments related to driving and traffic offenses. 

Holbrook said Smith had three active warrants with one each from Forsyth County, Hall County State Court and Gainesville. The Forsyth County warrant was for failure to appear, and the latter two warrants were for probation violations.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said a suspended license charge was the underlying offense for one State Court probation warrant, and Smith also had a bench warrant for failure to appear for arraignment.

The Gainesville Municipal Court warrant was for “failure to pay fines and failure to appear for previous probation revocation hearings,” Ware wrote in an email.

Reporter Nick Watson contributed to this report.

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