Attorney for city of Gainesville remains in jail


Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:17 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 6:17 p.m.

A longtime attorney for the city of Gainesville remained in jail Monday after being accused of prowling in and around a woman's home while naked.

Ronald D. Combs, 59, of 706 NE Fifth Place, is one of two senior assistant city attorneys. He has worked for the city as an attorney since March 1986, and records show his salary is $137,300.

City Attorney Nicolle Shalley could not be reached for comment Monday on Combs' employment status.

According to a Gainesville Police report, the woman was in her home in the 500 block of Northeast Eighth Avenue in the Historic Duck Pond neighborhood when the incident occurred shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday.

The woman told police a noise woke her and she saw a naked man standing in her bedroom who ran off when he saw that she was awake.

The woman got up and found that a back door that she had locked before she went to bed had been opened.

She called 911 and police responded and saw a man wearing only a skull cap and running shoes moving through yards in the neighborhood.

Police chased the man, who turned out to be Combs, through yards and streets. He refused to stop and officers chased him to a house in the 700 block of Northeast Fifth Terrace, where they shot him with a Taser in order to apprehend him.

Combs remained in the Alachua County jail on Monday evening without bond on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, prowling and resisting arrest without violence.

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