Florida woman, 65, fends off half-naked burglar with baseball bat

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Updated: Apr. 17, 2019 at 7:21 AM CDT
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GAINESVILLE, FL (WNBW/NBC) - A man is in jail with a gash in his head after police said he tried to burglarize a 65-year-old Florida woman’s car.

Clarese Gainey said she heard a noise outside her apartment and peeked outside to see a 300-pound man pulling on her car door handle while wearing only his boxers.

"So I grabbed my bat and I braced myself, I eased the door open," Gainey said.

That's when the 5'6, 300-pound Antonio Mosely charged her, police said. Little did he know she was a high school softball player.

(Source: Alachua County Jail via WNBW/NBC)
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"I tucked that bat and hit him upside the head."

Police said Mosely ran to a nearby mobile home park, leaving behind his jeans, shirt and a sock.

"He was in his drawers. He didn't have no shoes on, no shirt or nothing," Gainey said.

A K9 unit tracked Mosely down inside a mobile home with new pants on, and cocaine in his pocket. Officers brought him back for Gainey to identify him.

"I said, that's him right there. They said, 'Ms. Gainey, he's got a big knock on his head.'"

Mosely was booked into the Alachua County Jail with two charges of burglary and drug possession.

“He better be glad I didn’t have a gun because I would have shot him. But this right here [metal bat] is my gun,” Gainey said.

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