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BY JENNIFER CABRERA
HAWTHORNE, Fla. – John Wyatt Hutchinson Goodwin, 28, was arrested last night after allegedly trying to break into a relative’s house and then breaking into another house, where he tried to harm an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office K-9 who found him hiding.
At about 6:45 p.m. last night, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to a home on E. County Road 1474 in Hawthorne following a report that Goodwin was trying to break into the home. The victims reported that Goodwin knocked on the front door, but they did not let him in and told him to leave. The victims then reported that they saw Goodwin at the back kitchen window, removing the screen and demanding to be let in to get some food. The victims again told him to leave and called 911. Goodwin reportedly left the area.
However, the deputy received information that Goodwin may be hiding at a nearby house. The deputy reportedly found a broken window at the rear of that house and found that a sliding glass door to a bedroom was open. The deputy called the owner of the house, who was not home, and she said nobody should be inside the house and gave permission for deputies to search the house with a K-9.
Deputies reportedly made several announcements, then deputies and K-9s entered the house. Goodwin reportedly did not make himself known before he was found by a K-9 and was bitten. During the encounter with the K-9, Goodwin allegedly grabbed the dog’s collar and applied force to the dog’s neck.
Goodwin has been charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, battery on a law enforcement officer, and property damage.
Goodwin was convicted in 2015 on charges of burglary and grand theft in a 2013 Putnam County case and sentenced to three years in state prison. He was released in March 2017 and arrested in May 2017 in Hawthorne for burglary and dealing in stolen property. He was sentenced to five years in state prison, followed by 2 years of probation. He was released in May 2022 and is still on probation in that case. In November 2022, he was arrested for violating probation by operating a motorcycle without a license and was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail with credit for 23 days served.
Bail information is unavailable on weekends.
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