Florida Man Tries to Rob Grandfather’s House-Alachua Sheriff’s K-9 Taught him a Lesson

John Wyatt Hutchinson Goodwin, 28, is in the Alachua County Jail charged with numerous offenses after he tried to break into his grandfather’s house and then attacked the responding Alachua deputy’s K-9 partner.

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Alachua deputies responded to a home on E. County Road 1474 in Hawthorne about Goodwin attempting to get into his grandfather’s house.

According to the arrest affidavit, Goodwin repeatedly knocked on the door, asking his grandfather if he could come inside and eat.

Grandpa wasn’t having it for unknown reasons and refused him entry, letting him know he wasn’t welcome in his house. Goodwin even attempted to enter the house through a back kitchen window, removing the screen and demanding that grandpa let him in to get some food before Grandpa called 911 and Goodwin fled the area.

Grandpa told deputies that Goodwin was not allowed to enter his house freely.

Deputies were told later that they believed Goodwin was possibly hiding in the house next door.

John Wyatt Hutchinson Goodwin

The deputy reportedly found a broken window at the rear of that house, and a sliding glass door to a bedroom was open.

The deputy called the owner of the house, who stated nobody should be inside the house, and gave permission for deputies to search the house with a K-9.

Alachua Deputies and a K-9 unit arrived and made several announcements that they would release the K-9 into the structure as required by policy. Deputies then made entry, and the K-9 found Goodwin hiding in a room in the residence.

Since Goodwin did not want to leave the room voluntarily, the K-9 went into action, and Goodwin was bitten. As the saying goes, “Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes. When the K-9 latched on, Goodwin made another bad decision and decided to fight instead of complying with the deputy’s lawful commands, grabbed the K-9 by its collar, and started choking the dog. Goodwin finally complied and was placed into custody.

Goodwin is no stranger to the criminal justice system and 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.

In May 2017, he was arrested in Hawthorne for burglary and dealing in stolen property. He was sentenced to five years in state prison, followed by two years of probation. He was released in May 2022 and is still on probation in that case.

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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.

Goodwin was transported to the Alachua County Jail, where he was charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, battery on a law enforcement officer, and property damage.

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