65-Year-Old Woman Hits 300-Pound, Half-Naked Burglar With Bat

The Associated Press
By The Associated Press
April 19, 2019USshare
65-Year-Old Woman Hits 300-Pound, Half-Naked Burglar With Bat
Stock image of a softball bat. (KeithJJ/Pixabay)

GAINESVILLE, Fla.—When a Florida woman heard a noise and saw a man trying to break into her car early on April 14, she took matters into her own hands.

Clarese Gainey, 65, of Gainesville tells WGFL that she picked up her softball bat early Sunday, April 14, braced herself and eased open the door before hitting Antonio Mosley.

“I took that bat and hit him upside the head, like ‘pi-yah,’” Gainey said, adding that the 5-foot-6, 300-pound man said, “Ow!”

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Mosely ran to a nearby mobile home park, leaving behind his pants, shirt, and a sock, police said. A K-9 unit tracked him down, and Gainey said she easily identified him because of the knot on his head.

Gainey says she played softball in high school and can still swing a bat.

“He better be glad I didn’t have a gun,” Gainey said. “Because I would have shot him.”

Mosely is being held in the Alachua County Jail on burglary and drug charges. A lawyer isn’t listed on jail records.

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Antonio Mosley is shown in this undated photo. Sixty-five-year-old Clarese Gainey heard a noise and saw Mosley, dressed in boxers, trying to break into her car on April 14, 2019. She took matters into her own hands, picked up her softball bat and hit Mosley. (Alachua County Jail via AP)
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