Police: Gunman in staged Internet cafe robbery arrested

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Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Xavier Gunn from prior arrest

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A gunman responsible for the Jan. 2 staged robbery at the Gainesville Internet Cafe was arrested early Thursday morning, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

Xavier Gunn, 39, was located and arrested at the home of a family member. A warrant had been issued Jan. 7 for Gunn's arrest.

At about 8:15 a.m. Thursday morning, an investigator with the state attorney's office saw Gunn walking in the 2800 block of Northeast 11th Terrace and contacted police. Multiple police units responded and surrounded the home.

Gunn had made previous statements to investigators that he would not be taken alive, police said. Due to the nature of the threats and charges, agents of the Alachua County Sheriff's Warrants Division and the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force also responded to assist.

They first tried to make contact with Gunn by public address announcements, and then a dispatcher spoke to him by phone. Once Gunn saw the number of units surrounding the house, he exited the front of the home and was arrested without incident.

He was being interviewed by police and was to be transported to the Alachua County jail to be charged with armed burglary, grand theft and possession of a concealed firearm by convicted felon.

Police said Gunn entered the Internet cafe in the 4100 block of Northwest 13th Street last month, displayed a handgun and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash from the cashier, 21-year-old Courtney Hamilton.

Police said Gunn and Hamilton conspired to stage the robbery as a cover for their planned grand theft.

Hamilton was arrested last month on charges of armed burglary and conspiracy.

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