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City of Gainesville attorney was arrested, naked, after breaking into woman's home

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Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013 5:57 pm | Updated: 1:16 am, Tue Sep 17, 2013.

A city attorney was arrested this weekend after he broke into a woman’s home while he was naked.

Gainesville Police arrested Ronald Combs, a senior assistant attorney for the City of Gainesville, early Sunday on charges of burglary, resisting officers without violence and loitering/prowling, according to a GPD arrest report.

At about 6 a.m., officers responded to a home located in the 500 block of Northeast Eighth Avenue after the caller, Marilyn Aileen Wall, told police she awoke to a noise and saw a tall, naked black man standing in her bedroom.

The man ran away as soon as he realized she was awake, according to the report. 

Wall, who said she thought she may have been dreaming, went to check the back door of her home, which she remembered closing before bed. The door was open, according to the report.

She went back to bed, but soon heard more noises coming from the backyard that sounded like acorns cracking on the deck.  

Officers responded and began checking the area, according to the report. After a few minutes of searching, an officer spotted the man — presumed to be Combs — running through backyards across the street, wearing nothing but tennis shoes and a skull cap.

Officers ordered Combs to stop several times, but instead, he kept running through yards, according to the report. Police used a Taser to stop him.

City spokesman Bob Woods said city officials are aware of the incident and are still in the fact-gathering process. They will decide what to do after they have more information.

“They’ll take appropriate action as the facts may indicate,” Woods said.  

Officers booked Combs into the Alachua County Jail at about 7 a.m., where he remained Monday evening with a $15,000 bond.

This story has been updated with new information. A version of this story ran on page 1 on 9/17/2013 under the headline "City attorney arrested after naked break-in"

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