Man, 67, accused of breaking into ex-girlfriend's home


Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5:22 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 5:22 p.m.

A 67-year-old Gainesville man was arrested on burglary and stalking charges after he broke into his ex-girlfriend's house Thursday night, according to Alachua County sheriff's officials.

Bryon Croker, 15 SW 41st St., broke into his ex-girlfriend's house unarmed while she was in bed, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

She was in bed when she saw a man's silhouette outside on her pool deck, deputies said. Her house alarm then sounded and she ran out of her house through the front door and dialed 911, the report said.

As she left the house, she noticed Croker's truck parked on the roadway in front of her neighbor's house, deputies said. She said she hid behind a pillar at her neighbor's house and watched Croker leave her backyard and drive off.

As sheriff's deputies responded to her call, a traffic stop on a gray truck was conducted and the driver was identified as Croker, the report said.

According to deputies, Croker then admitted that he had been at his ex-girlfriend's house and had entered uninvited because he wanted to tell his ex-girlfriend about some bad news he had heard about a mutual friend.

Croker had been in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend for four years and the relationship had ended two years ago, deputies were told. Croker's ex-girlfriend told police she had cut off all conversation with Croker in February. But she had seen Croker drive past her house and her boyfriend's house several times.

Croker was arrested at 11:01 p.m. Thursday and taken to the Alachua County jail.

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