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The Villages
Thursday, June 8, 2023

Trespasser who jumped into swimming pool held at gunpoint by homeowner

Clayton Charles Glass
Clayton Charles Glass

A trespasser who jumped into a swimming pool was held at gunpoint by the homeowner until law enforcement arrived on the scene.

The homeowner on Micro Racetrack Road in Fruitland Park used a .357-caliber snub nose revolver Saturday afternoon to detain 46-year-old Clayton Charles Glass until Lake County sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.

The homeowner saw Glass enter the screen-in enclosure around his swimming pool and the homeowner confronted him.

“What are you doing?” the homeowner asked the Wildwood resident.

Glass, who has a history of drug arrests, asked for a drink of water. The homeowner retrieved his gun and ordered Glass to leave. Glass refused to do so. He then tore the screen of the door, leaving a 2-foot tear. The homeowner dialed 911 and Glass jumped into the swimming pool.

Glass initially claimed he was being pursued by Sumter County sheriff’s deputies. A check with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office indicated they were not looking for him. EMS personnel were summoned to the scene and asked that a set of handcuffs be removed from Glass so his vital signs could be checked. Once the handcuffs were removed, he asked for a drink of water. He was given a plastic bottle of water but he squeezed the bottle, spraying the water onto a deputy.

Due to his “aggressiveness,” Glass was taken to the ground and put in a four-point restraint, the report said.

The Kentucky native was arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, trespassing, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He was booked at the Lake County Jail and released after posting $9,000 bond.

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