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UPDATE: Arrest Warrant Finally Issued for White Man Who Threatened FAMU Students

The viral video should have been all the evidence needed.

UPDATE: Sept. 17, 2018

Almost a week after a white man pulled a gun on Black college students, which was clearly detailed in a viral video, a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

"After reviewing all of the evidence and consulting with the State Attorney's Office, a warrant was obtained for Donald Crandall, Jr.," the Tallahassee Police Department said in a statement.

The warrant, issued on Friday, is for violation of a state law against improper exhibition of a firearm.

As of Monday, Crandall was still not in custody.

On Sept. 8, the 49-year-old attempted to prevent the four Florida A&M University (FAMU) students from entering an elevator in the Stadium Centre apartment complex. The complex's management said Crandall is not a resident of the building.

"Once we found out he had the gun, it turned into a whole different situation," FAMU student Isaiah Butterfield told ABC News. "We really think he was trying to provoke us to the point where it got violent so he could retaliate with the gun.

"I knew that if this dude even feels threatened, he's going to find any excuse to pull the trigger."

ORIGINAL STORY

A video posted on Twitter, which has gone viral with more than 300,000 views, shows an encounter between four Black college students, and a white man who pulls his gun on them when they were just trying to visit a friend's apartment.


The students attend Florida A&M University (FAMU), a historically Black university, in Tallahassee, Fla.

"Never thought I'd have a personal experience with racism like this, this man pulled a gun on us because we were walking up to my friends apartment w/o a key," Isiah Butterfield, who recorded the encounter, said in a tweet.

(Warning: Graphic language)

The video shows a white man, claiming to live in Stadium Centre Apartments, pulling out a gun, and using his body to prevent the students from entering an elevator on Saturday. He said he had a key and they didn't.

"You ain't getting in this elevator," he said.

A resident, shown in the video, came out and offered to let the four students in with his key to the building. He ended up arguing back and forth with the man holding the gun.

According to its website, Stadium Centre Apartments is one of Tallahassee's "student housing communities." Butterfield said he and his three friends were there to see a friend who just moved in.

Social media users identified the man as Don Crandall, a hotel manager with the Pax Hotel Group at the Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hotels.

In an Instagram post, without using Crandall's name, Pax Hotel Group confirmed that man who pulled out the gun is a general manager of one of its properties, and denounced his actions.

But toward the end of the post, he was referred to as a "former employee" indicating he may have been fired. But that hasn't been confirmed.

The Tallahassee Police Department said the incident is under investigation under Florida's statute of aggravated assault with deadly weapon without intent to kill.

The Conversation (2)
votetocount13 Sep, 2018

He got fired and deserves jail time!

Michele12 Sep, 2018

The aggressive behavior is hurting all communities.

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