Police: Fleeing felon felled by wet floor


Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 2:32 p.m.

A convicted felon who was running from an officer was thwarted Tuesday by a wet floor, police said.

The Gainesville Police Department dispatched Officer Michael Mosher to Southwest 17th Place on Tuesday following a report about an armed disturbance.

Mosher said he spotted a man matching the description of the person involved in the disturbance and was trying to talk to him when he fled.

During a short foot chase, Mosher said, the man pulled a Glock pistol from his waist, tossed it over a fence and then ran into an apartment at 4125 SW 17th Place.

The apartment the man picked to duck into was being mopped by a maintenance man, Mosher said, and the runner slipped and fell on the wet floor.

Mosher identified the man as Sebastian Darone McCoy, 30, of 2306 NW 65th Place, and arrested him on the following charges: burglary of an occupied dwelling, armed trespassing, possession of a concealed gun by a convicted felon, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

McCoy had been released by the Florida Department of Corrections in October 2009 after serving an eight-year sentence for robbery with a deadly weapon and battery.

McCoy was being held Wednesday at the Alachua County jail.

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