Around the Region - Jan. 25

Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 11:32 p.m.


Police seeking man in hotel robbery

Gainesville police are searching for a man who robbed another man inside a hotel near Archer Road and Interstate 75 on Saturday afternoon.

The suspect followed the man into the Hilton Garden Inn, 4075 S.W. 33rd Place, according to police. The robbery occurred at about 3 p.m.

The man said he had recognized someone in the hotel parking lot but then headed into the building, police reported. The 28-year-old said he heard a car door shut and was followed into the elevator. As he was opening a room door, a man armed with a gun confronted him and pushed him inside the room.

No injuries were reported but the suspect escaped with cash, police said.

Officers believe the suspect left the area. Police think the person the victim recognized in the parking lot may be from the Levy County area. Police released a vehicle description and said the suspect was seen in a newer model, dark gray Chrysler 300 with tinted windows.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Cpl. Mike Schentrup or Detective Patty Nixon at 334-2470.

Lise Fisher

Man hurts leg in boating accident

A Marion County man severely damaged his leg Sunday morning when he fell out of a boat on Lake Lochloosa and was run over, said Alachua County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Maynard.

The accident happened while two Ocala men were fishing off of U.S. 301 south of Hawthorne, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported.

The prop of the 18-foot, fiberglass boat had been clogged with vegetation when Johnny Johnson, 60, revved the motor to clear it, according to information from a preliminary investigation, said FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker. The boat turned sharply and Joe Brown Lane, 54, was thrown out. One of Lane's legs was cut from the knee to the foot by the prop.

Maynard said the man was flown by helicopter to Shands at the University of Florida.

The incident occurred at about 10 a.m., Parker said.

U.S. 301 was blocked to traffic for the helicopter, Maynard said.

The matter remained under investigation by FWC late Sunday, Parker said.

Cindy Swirko and Lise Fisher

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