Around the region, April 14


Published: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 9:27 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

GPD: Man exposed self to mom and daughter

A Gainesville man was arrested Friday evening, accused of exposing himself to a woman and her daughter in the parking lot of the Publix shopping complex at 1200 N. Main St., police reported.

Gus McCoy, 66, of 1101 SE 15th St., was charged with lewd and lascivious exhibition by the Gainesville Police Department.

The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. A woman told police that she and her 10-year-old daughter came out of a store and saw a man, later identified as McCoy, in the parking lot, according to the arrest report.

They told police he exposed himself and began masturbating. The report states the woman yelled, “If there was a cop around, I would call and have you put in jail.” She told police that McCoy replied, “I’m sorry, I just couldn’t help myself.”

The woman and her daughter went into Publix and told the incident to an off-duty Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was working security in his uniform.

GPD reported that the trooper ran to McCoy and detained him. The woman and her daughter separately identified McCoy as the man who exposed himself.

Under questioning by police, McCoy said he was urinating and that he couldn’t wait to go into a store to do it.

— Cindy Swirko

Motorcyclist seriously injured in afternoon crash

A motorcyclist was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a crash Saturday afternoon at East University Avenue and Hawthorne Road, Gainesville Police Lt. Dan Stout said.

Stout said police believe the motorcyclist was eastbound on University while the driver of a car was westbound on Hawthorne Road at about 4 p.m.

Either the motorcyclist or the driver of the car failed to yield at the triangle intersection, possibly running a red light, Stout said.

The motorcyclist was the only person involved in the accident to be transported by EMS to the hospital, Stout said.

— Cindy Swirko

STATE

5 people killed in 2-car crash on Interstate 95

RIVIERA BEACH — Five young adults have been killed in a two-vehicle crash on an interstate exit ramp in South Florida.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports a Mercedes ran a red light as it exited Interstate 95 in Riviera Beach early Saturday and struck a Lexus.

Four of the occupants of the Lexus were pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth died at the hospital. All were between the ages of 18 and 22.

— The Associated Press

Tampa school bus driver assaulted child, police say

TAMPA — A school bus driver in Tampa has been charged with sexual battery of a child.

The Tampa Police Department reports 29-year-old Dacquiri Jermaine Crawford was arrested Friday. Investigators say Crawford grabbed a 12-year-old boy as he was walking home behind Blake High School in Tampa on Thursday evening. He allegedly forced the boy down near the Hillsborough River and assaulted him.

— The Associated Press

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