Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man's Broken Cigarette Was Only the Beginning of Trouble

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man's Broken Cigarette Was Only the Beginning of Trouble

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Byline: DAN SCANLAN

An argument that began late June 15 with a broken cigarette ended a day later with the arrest of a 21-year-old Mandarin man on a charge of aggravated assault after a gun was waved at people at an apartment at 3909 Sunbeam Road, police said.

Police said problems began around 6:55 p.m. June 14, when one man asked another for a light, and instead of lighting his cigarette, the other snapped it in two. The two argued, then the victim went home.

When the victim and two friends ran into the man the next day, he yelled at them before grabbing a gun. The victim and his friends left, but the man followed, pointing the gun at them and yelling "What's up now?" according to police. The gun waving went on for a few seconds before the man walked inside; the incident also was witnessed by neighbors.

The man told police he got his gun because he thought the three were breaking into his apartment.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin area, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

- An apparently fake courier stole a bank deposit bag with about $1,300 inside early Tuesday from the Solantic Walk-In clinic at 12303 San Jose Blvd. …

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