Arrest warrant issued for white man who pulled gun on black students in viral video


Tallahassee police issued an arrest warrant for a white man who was seen in a viral video pulling a gun out on several black college students in efforts to stop them from going into an apartment complex earlier this month.

ABC News reported Saturday that local police issued the arrest warrant for the man, identified as Donald Crandall, Jr., on Friday for allegedly violating a state law against improper exhibition of a firearm. 

{mosads}“After reviewing all of the evidence and consulting with the State Attorney’s Office, a warrant was obtained for Donald Crandall, Jr.,” police said in a statement obtained by the publication.

“The warrant has been issued at this time, but as of right now he has not been arrested,” Tallahassee police officer Damon Miller told the publication on Saturday. “I do not know his whereabouts at this time.”

The warrant was issued in connection with an incident that was captured on video earlier this month and posted to Twitter by Florida A&M student Isaiah Butterfield.

In the video, Crandall can be seen pushing past students before locking them out of a student housing complex owned by the Baymont Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hotels. 

The students, along with a bystander who is white, argued with Crandall for several minutes, before Crandall pulled a gun saying, “If you don’t got a key to this building, you don’t belong in the elevator.”

Crandall, who worked at an area hotel at the time of the video, was reportedly fired from his job after the video went viral, garnering more than 480,000 views on Twitter as of Saturday evening.

“Pax Hotel Group wants to assure the public that the former General Manager of the Baymont by Wyndham, Tallahassee Central was terminated on Monday afternoon once we were made aware of the incident,” Pax Hotel Group said in a post on Instagram.

“He has not been transferred or rehired at any of Pax Hotel Group’s properties. His employment with Pax Hotel Group has been terminated,” the group added.


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