This is crime-fighting with a personal touch.
A Florida man found himself behind bars in the Alachua County jail this weekend after a woman spotted him allegedly trying to break into her car outside her apartment – and decided to take matters into her own hands.
But she picked up a bat first.
According to WGFL in Gainesville, the action started Sunday morning when a woman identified as Clarese Gainey saw a man pulling on the door handle of her car and knocking on the window.
If that wasn’t suspicious enough, the man was wearing only a pair of boxer shorts.
“I grab my bat, I brace myself, and I ease the door open,” Gainey told the station.
When the man saw her, Gainey said, he decided to charge. But if the 5-foot, 6-inch, 300-pound man thought he was going to scare her, he quickly got a different idea.
“I took that bat and hit him upside the head like ‘pi-yah!’” Gainey told WGFL. “He said ‘Ow!'”
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The man fled, but made the mistake of leaving behind his pants, a shirt and a sock.
It’s not clear why the man had disrobed, but a police dog was able to follow his trail to a nearby mobile home park, WGFL reported.
There, police found a man identified as 37-year-old Antonio Mosely. Fortunately, he was wearing pants. Unfortunately for him, there was cocaine in one of the pockets, according to Fox News.
When Mosely was brought back to Gainey, she didn’t have any trouble making the identification.
A 5-foot, 6-inch, 300-pound guy can be hard to forget, plus there was that head injury where she hit him with the bat. She was sure it was the man who tried to break into the car she calls “the green goblin.”
“I put a good one on him! But he’s in jail,” Gainey told Fox35 in Orlando. “I ain’t gotta worry about him no more. I bet you won’t mess with that green goblin there, no more!”
Mosely was booked into the Alachua County jail on two counts of burglary and drug possession, WGFL reported.
As far as Gainey is concerned, it sounds like he should be grateful the criminal charges – and the knot on his head – are all he has to worry about. She wasn’t just ready to swing, she would have been ready to shoot, too.
“He better be glad I didn’t have a gun, because I would have shot him,” Gainey told WGFL, hefting her baseball bat. “But this is my gun right here. Because I gone ‘Pi-yow!'”
That’s a personal touch one Mosely might be remembering for a long time.
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