Fox Hollow neighbors in shock after police say man killed friend on Saturday
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WGFL) —
“It was shocking,” says neighbor Jay Rudges.
Rudges says flashing lights woke him up Saturday morning, when he saw a slew of officers and forensic units’ downstairs.
“It startled me, I got up, went out and saw chaos,” says Rudges.
Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies say they found 21-year-old Jeremy Alexander Provin dead, with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The suspect is his friend, 21-year-old Montric Thomas Jr.
Rudges says he saw them both the day before, and said everything seemed to be normal.
“It was friendly between them all…it’s just sad…joking around with somebody and then the next minute one of them is passed,” says Rudges. “It’s tragic, it shouldn’t happen.”
Deputies say Thomas left the apartment before they got there, and drove to Jacksonville in a white Ford Focus, he was found later that day.
“In addition to the murder charge, he was charged with tampering with evidence, tampering with a witness, as well as possession of a firearm by a delinquent,” says Sgt. Brett Rhodenizer, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
Authorities say it’s unclear why Thomas killed his friend in the first place.
“I just think it was a freak meltdown of my friend, something triggered him, I just never saw that kind of side to him,” says Rudges.
Thomas is now in jail in Jacksonville, waiting to be transported to the Alachua County jail, he currently has a 1.6 million-dollar bond.