Criminal Justice

City attorney is arrested sans clothes after alleged naked prowling incident, police say

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Updated: Police investigating a complaint about a naked prowler arrested a lawyer for the city of Gainesville, Fla., after spotting him running through yards in the area wearing only a skull cap and tennis shoes, according to a police report.

Police arrested Ronald Combs, 59, on Saturday after shooting him with a stun gun, the Gainesville Sun reports. He earns $137,300 as a senior assistant city attorney for Gainesville, where he has been employed since 1986, the story says.

Police searched the neighborhood after a woman reported that she awoke around 6 a.m. on Saturday to see a naked man standing in her bedroom. He ran away when he saw she was awake, she said.

Combs has been charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, prowling and resisting arrest without violence. He requested personal leave from his job after the arrest, the Gainesville Sun reports in a subsequent story.

State Attorney Bill Cervone told the newspaper that his office won’t file final charges until it finishes its investigation.

“We need to evaluate the evidence to see if there is sufficient proof of these crimes. They are technical in nature,” Cervone said. “With any offender who has no record, an agreement is a possibility, but until I know more about what caused this to happen and have more input from police and the victim, I’m not going to commit to something of that sort.”

Story updated on Sept. 19 to include subsequent coverage by the Gainesville Sun.

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