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Leesburg man jailed on gun charge after going berserk in Circle K

Rasheem Edred Archibald
Rasheem Edred Archibald

A convicted felon who went berserk in a convenience store was arrested after a revolver was found in his pocket.

Rasheem Edred Archibald, 31, of 1004 Ferguson Ave. in Leesburg, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after the incident, which happened shortly before midnight Sunday at the Circle K store at 900 S. 14th St.

The clerk told Leesburg police officers that a man – later identified as Archibald – walked into the store and started screaming incoherently. The officers found Archibald in the parking lot, pacing back and forth around a pickup truck, according to the police report.

Archibald appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. He was speaking nonsensically and was incoherent. Officers told Archibald to leave the property and he walked across the parking lot and stood on the sidewalk, the report said.

After the officers left the store, they turned onto East Dixie Avenue and were sitting at the red light at 14th Street when Archibald ran into the road, crossed six lanes of traffic, and headed towards the passenger side of the patrol car. Archibald ignored orders to stop and continued running towards one of the officers. He finally stopped after being warned he was going to be tased, according to the report.

Due to his aggressive and erratic behavior, Archibald was patted down for weapons. While patting him down, the officer felt the distinct outline of a revolver in his right-front pocket. When asked about it, Archibald said it was a gun. The officer removed a silver revolver, the report said.

A criminal history search revealed Archibald was convicted of aggravated assault in Orange County in October 2010. In addition, Lake County Jail records show he was released from the facility on July 28 after being arrested June 22 on domestic battery charges.

Archibald was booked at the Leesburg Police Department and then taken to the jail, where he’s being held on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Lake County Court on Sept. 19.

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