Violent career criminal hit with fourth felony charge after arriving at jail

Vereen then replied, "F*ck you, I will pop you next time I see you."

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Mark Vereen

Last updated on June 16, 2017, at 4:05 p.m. Bond was increased from $25,000 to $32,200.

Ocala, Florida — A career criminal is behind bars after he allegedly attempted to shoot a friend of his girlfriend while she was sitting in her car.

Ocala police responded to the 1600 block of Southwest 2nd Street, Ocala, after a victim called 911 and said that a man had pointed a gun at her.

The victim stated that she was dropping off her friend to see [her] boyfriend, Mark M. Vereen, 24, when he ran out of the bushes and pointed a gun with laser sighting at her. The victim said that Vereen tried to rack the slide on the gun, but it got jammed. She said he started hitting the gun to try and clear the jam.

The victim told police that he was screaming at her as he attempted to rack the slide.

Police then made contact with Vereen and his girlfriend. Police said the two were standing next to a Burgundy GMC SUV that was parked in the backyard of his uncle’s residence.

When questioned, the girlfriend told police that her mother does not approve of Vereen, and that they were not allowed to be at her mother’s house. She said that is why she had her friend, the victim, drive her to Vereen’s house.

The girlfriend told police that she had seen Vereen with a gun that had a laser on it. She also stated that Vereen had “chased a car with a gun”.

According to reports, police conducted a computer search of the GMC and determined that it was not registered to Vereen. Police made contact with the owner of the vehicle who stated that Vereen did not have permission to drive the vehicle. The owner also gave police consent to search the SUV.

Inside the GMC, police found a Glcok 21 .45 caliber handgun with 23 rounds in magazine and one in the chamber and a Highpoint .45 caliber handgun with 8 rounds in the magazine. The Glock was equipped with laser sighting.

The owner of the vehicle told police that he did not own a firearm.

Vereen was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail.

While at the jail, the officer informed Vereen that he was being charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Ammo by a Convicted Felon.

At which time Vereen replied, “F*ck you, I will pop you next time I see you.”

The officer then added a charge for Threatening a Police Officer-Death or Serious Bodily Injury.

Vereen has been in and out of jail since he was a juvenile.

He has previous convictions for Aggravated Assault with a Firearm (x2), Possession of a Firearm by a Juvenile, Carjacking with a Firearm,  Domestic Battery, and Resisting Arrest.

Vereen was just released from jail in March.

He is being held on a $32,200 bond.

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  • Mike Rogers

    All those charges and a whooping $25,000 bond. You tell an officer you’re going to kill him next time you see him. I assume when he makes bail. He tried to kill someone but failed due to his firearm not going into battery. If he was successful we would have a dead victim right now. I guess we reward him for his failures.The firearms are either stolen or bought by someone he knows through a straw purchase. A Highpoint, I’m going with the latter. Released from jail some 2,191.45 hours ago. Yea we don’t have a problem with repeat offenders in the least bit. Sleep well, lock your doors.

  • Marsha Morris Sturgill

    What the hell do you have to do to get sent to prison??? Why are people given the chance to become career criminals??? It doesn’t take a genius to see that this prisoner is not going to turn into a law abiding citizen. The punishments that are handed out in our courts need to be changed. You can spend all of my tax dollars to keep people of this caliber behind bars. My heart goes out to all law enforcement people that put their lives on the line on a daily basis and the friends and family that love them. I thank you.

  • Chris

    I don’t understand the method of this madness. This guy has all kinds of prior violent handgun felony priors and he gets a 25 grand bond? Threatened a police officer with death? Tried to kill his girlfriend? What the hell is wrong with these judges letting creeps like this back on the street. Gun laws don’t mean shit to this guy. First thing he will do is get another gun and sure as shit stinks eventually kill someone.SMFH

    • Kitty

      We need judges with GUTS who care more about us than these useless animals who prey on us.

  • HilleryLostHAHAHAHA

    At what point will the courts give him the 20 years prison sentence he deserves? Looks like they had plenty of opportunity several times before this…Unbelievable….

    • Kitty

      When he finally murders someone of importance.

    • Tron

      Its the system, the court system, which is all about the dollar. Every time he is arrested, and rearrested, and makes bail, its money, money, money that the court is making from him.

  • Kitty

    What woman in her right mind and having any self respect would date a loser like this? A worthless piece of excrement. And why the hell is someone like this out walking the streets?

  • Kitty

    This may be a dumb question but why are all their necks so weak their heads are falling back? Is that supposed to be cool or do the police ask them to show us their nasal passages?

  • urchittingme

    Hey ghetto rat…please come try that nonsense on my block…we don’t grant bail