Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefing Man Attacked, Robbed at Southside Motel

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefing Man Attacked, Robbed at Southside Motel

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer

Police said $500 was stolen Sunday night when two men forced their way into a room at the Suburban Lodge, 3162 St. Johns Bluff Road, and attacked the man inside.

Police said the victim had been walking outside the motel earlier in the evening when a man approached and asked for some gas money. The victim complied and went back to his motel room.

Then at 8:45 p.m. someone knocked on the victim's door, police said. When he opened it, the man who had asked for gas money and another man shoved their way inside. When the victim tried to fight them, one of the intruders hit him in the head with a beer bottle, police said.

As the victim tried to get up off the floor, the other intruder pulled out a handgun and said he was going to shoot him if he didn't stay put. The gunman grabbed the money and the pair fled, leaving the victim with a cut on his head.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Southside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

-- A 29-year-old downtown man was arrested Wednesday on charges of kidnapping, battery and burglary after he burst into his wife's home in the 3500 block of Smithfield Street, attacked a man and shoved the woman into a car before she was able to escape, police said.

Police said the woman and her friend were in her home at 1 a.m. when they heard a knock on the front door and someone ran into the bedroom. The intruder attacked the man, throwing him headfirst into a wall before fighting him. Police said the intruder grabbed the woman by the hair and pulled her to his car. But when he threw her in through the driver's door, the woman scrambled out of the passenger door and back into her home as the intruder fled.

Police said they found the intruder at Baptist Medical Center, where he was being treated for a cut on his hand. …

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