Assistant city attorney who police found outside naked resigns


Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:14 p.m.

Gainesville assistant city attorney Ronald Combs resigned last week amid allegations that he was prowling in and around a woman's home while naked.

Combs, 59, of 706 NE Fifth Place, was charged Sept. 14 with burglary of an occupied dwelling, prowling and resisting arrest without violence.

In a brief resignation note dated Oct. 2, Combs wrote that "after 28 years with the city of Gainesville, it is time to move on."

Combs initially took a leave of absence after his arrest.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said Tuesday that the charges are still lodged against Combs. Cervone added that the victim in the case did not show up at a scheduled meeting to give testimony.

"At this time, it is still technically pending," Cervone said.

The Gainesville Police Department reported the woman was in her home in the 500 block of Northeast Eighth Avenue when the incident occurred shortly before 6 a.m.

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 says 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 said they 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 to apprehend him, police said.

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