FRUITLAND PARK, FLORIDA – A man was arrested after he literally entered an enclosed residential swimming pool and was held at gunpoint by the homeowner on Saturday. The resident saw a man walk into his pool enclosure at a home on Micro Racetrack Road in Fruitland Park.
The homeowner confronted the man, asking him what he was doing, and the intruder responded by asking for a drink of water. After retrieving a .357 snub-nose revolver, the owner told the man to leave. He refused to do so and tore a two-foot hole in the screen enclosure. The owner called 911, and the man jumped into the swimming pool.
The man, identified as Clayton Charles Glass, 46, told responding Lake County deputies that he was being chased by Sumter County sheriff’s deputies, which was confirmed as untrue. Deputies requested an EMS response to the scene. Upon arrival, EMS personnel requested that the handcuffs be removed to allow them to check vital signs. Glass again asked for water and was given a plastic bottle of water. Instead of drinking it, he squeezed it, spraying a deputy.
Thanks to his “aggressiveness,” deputies took Glass to the ground and placed him in a four-point restraint, according to the incident report.
Glass, a native of Kentucky, was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, trespassing, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. He was booked at the Lake County Jail and later released after posting $9,000 bond. In 2019, the homeless Glass was arrested in nearby Sumpter County for possession of a syringe filled with methamphetamine and charged with felony drug possession.