Wanted Wednesday: Man wanted for violation of probation on felony battery charge

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Alachua County deputies said in 2015 John Hazellief got in an argument with a man and punched him the face and threw his dog out the front door of a mobile home.

“When he came back to a residence one night, he got into a fight with the homeowner, took away their ability to call 911 and threw their small three pound dog out of the home breaking the dog’s leg,” Alachua County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said.

Deputies said its not the first time Hazellief has committed a violent crime – he already had a conviction for a battery case from 2013.

“Somebody who has this potential for violence not only against a person, but also against a three pound dog is someone that we need to find,” Rhodenizer said.

Hazellief was convicted on charges of grand theft, cruelty to animals and felony battery.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison and three years’ probation.

Deputies said he has violated the conditions of that probation and is back on their radar again.

“For whatever reason, he’s not compliant now with the terms of his probation that allowed him to be released. Whatever it is that’s causing him not to comply we need to find out, but we need to bring him into custody to do so,” Rhodenizer said.

Deputies believe Hazellief may still be in the Alachua county area.

“ He does have a residential history in the northern parts of Alachua county and in the Melrose area. We do believe he is still here locally and someone can help us bring him into custody,” Rhodenizer said.

HERE IS HIS DESCRIPTION:

JOHN HAZELLIEF

AGE: 37 YEARS OLD

HEIGHT: 5’11

EYE COLOR: HAZEL

HAIR COLOR: BLACK

WEIGHT: 175 LBS

If you have any information call crime stoppers at 352-372- STOP

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