One of his latest arrests for battery on a law enforcement officer came back to haunt him

One of his latest arrests for battery on a law enforcement officer came back to haunt him

(As originally published with additional photos, Wed, March 27th 2024 at 8:00 AM)

LADY LAKE, Fla. (TND) — A man who’d been booked into jail several times is back behind bars, and he has two more photos to his name from last week alone.

His latest stems from trouble he had at a dentist’s office just over two years ago in Florida.

Aaron Jonathan Gonnelli was not a patient; the office “was closed for business” according to his arrest report.

Instead, Sumter County deputies patrolling the area due “to ongoing trespassing issues” found him “pacing in the rear parking lot.”

One of those deputies got out of her patrol car “and started to approach the defendant.

“[The deputy] advised him he was trespassing and did he have any identification on him.

“The defendant stated he did not have to tell [the deputy] his name, in which [the deputy] stated he did.

“The defendant was jittery and sweating; it should be noted it was about 50 degrees outside.”

Then, on that cold evening for Florida, the deputy requested routine backup while Gonnelli “grabbed his book bag and began to walk away,” ignoring the deputy repeatedly telling him to stop.

After that, it turned physical.

One of his latest arrests for battery on a law enforcement officer came back to haunt him
Aaron Jonathan Gonnelli was booked in Florida 10 times starting (clockwise from top left) March 10, 2011. His latest were March 18 and March 21, 2024. (Fla. Dept. of Corrections | Sumter & Lake County Sheriff’s Offices)

The deputy drew her Taser and, “Due to the defendant subject not complying with [the deputy’s] numerous commands, [the deputy] deployed her agency-issued Taser to the back of the defendant subject.

“Due to the defendant wearing a jacket, there was no effect on him, so [the deputy] drive stunned his left calf.

“The defendant fell to the ground and [the deputy] deployed another five cycle Taser to the front of the defendant subject, in which he pulled the probes out.”

Now, the reason for the most serious charge.

“The defendant sat up,” and, the arrest report said, “grabbed [the deputy’s] left wrist in an aggressive manner.

“The defendant grabbed the wrist that was holding the Taser and tried to grab it from [the deputy].

“[The deputy] was able to gain control of the Taser and the defendant subject then ran across four lanes of US 441.”

Gonnelli’s freedom didn’t last long.

He was arrested the next day and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer of means of protection or communication, and resisting without violence.

He was also charged with possession of a small amount of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and another count of resisting without violence, plus he was wanted on two warrants from another county, according to a second arrest report from that day.

Gonnelli spent 15 days in jail.

That arrest came a week after he was released from the Lake County Jail. Gonnelli spent seven weeks there for contempt of court for violating a domestic violence protection injunction and resisting without violence.

This time, he was arrested in Lake County on March 18 and turned over to Sumter County three days later for probation issues. The 33-year-old is being held without bond.

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