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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Allen Lee Jewell, 55, was arrested last night after allegedly punching a man parked in a handicapped parking space at the Chipotle on W. University Avenue.

At about 6:35 p.m. last night, a Gainesville Police Department officer responded to the Chipotle at 1432 W. University Avenue, where the victim had parked in a handicapped parking space, and Jewell had parked behind the victim, blocking him in. The officer reported that Jewell and the victim were arguing over the parking space.

The victim reportedly said he had asked Jewell to move several times so he could leave, but Jewell would not move his car. He said that when he got into his vehicle to leave, a woman got out of Jewell’s car, stood behind his vehicle, and started yelling at him. The victim said he made a series of three-point turns to get around Jewell’s vehicle, but while he was doing that, Jewell allegedly opened his vehicle door and started punching him. The officer reported that the victim had abrasions on his face and neck. The victim said that because of the attack, he put his vehicle into reverse to get to a “safe place” and unintentionally hit both Jewell and the woman.

Post Miranda, Jewell reportedly said he parked behind the victim because the victim did not have a handicapped placard and he (Jewell) does. Jewell reportedly said they got into an argument, and the victim backed up and intentionally hit the woman, pinning her against Jewell’s vehicle. He said he then walked over to the victim’s vehicle but reportedly decided not to say anything else to the officer.

The victim reportedly said he was unaware that he had hit the woman and that he had not intended to hit her.

The woman reportedly told the officer that Jewell and the victim had argued, and after she got out of Jewell’s vehicle, the victim backed up, running over her foot and pinning her against Jewell’s vehicle. She reportedly said Jewell walked over to the victim and started punching him, then the victim moved his vehicle forward and released her; she said she tried to pull Jewell off the victim because he was still punching him.

The officer reported that the incident was recorded on surveillance video at the location, and the video reportedly showed Jewell opening the victim’s door and punching him several times. Another witness also recorded the incident on a cell phone; that video also reportedly showed Jewell punching the victim, with the woman standing next to Jewell.

Jewell, who is listed as a Door Dash driver in court documents, has been charged with battery during burglary and burglary of an occupied conveyance; he has no criminal history. Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $100,000.

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