A man who was nude and who allegedly “lunged” toward several female employees at the Hyatt hotel downtown was later sent to the hospital, The Florida Times-Union reports.
Some news reports say the man was arrested, but they don’t make clear what charges were filed. It appears from the brief facts available that he could face a sex crimes charge in Jacksonville. Hiring an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as allegations of a sex crime are made or if police make an arrest is critical to ensuring the rights of the accused are upheld.
According to the news report, the man allegedly entered the room of a female guest wearing only a T-shirt and then left without saying anything. A few minutes later, four floors lower, he was spotted nude on the second floor in an employees-only area. There he allegedly “lunged” toward two female employees.
There, two hotel employees held him on the ground for more than 10 minutes before law enforcement arrived at the hotel. Once police arrived, they handcuffed the man. Once emergency rescue crews got on scene, they ordered the handcuffs off and took him to a local hospital. Reports don’t indicate when he became unconscious. He was taken there with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.
This is a bizarre story that doesn’t seem to have any answers at the moment. But if witnesses were correct and are able to corroborate that the man was walking through the hotel naked, he may face charges of indecent exposure.
Indecent exposure is governed by Florida Statutes 800.03, which defines the crime as exposing a sexual organ in public. It is punishable as a first-degree misdemeanor, which can send someone to jail for up to a year.
But, depending on the circumstances of a case, there may be a possibility of prosecutors seeking to charge someone with attempting to batter someone if they are nude and lunge at another person. While it may be a stretch, prosecutors have been known the stretch a lot further to make a case.
One can see how these charges can escalate from a simple misdemeanor to a more serious felony charge. Sex crimes are difficult because emotions run high and alleged victims and their families typically pressure the State Attorney’s Office into charging the most serious crimes — even if the facts don’t wholly support the charge.
This doesn’t always happen, but public pressure and coverage of a case by the news media does sometimes factor into the decision of how a suspect is charged by the state. That’s why quickly hiring an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney can help sort out the facts and quickly attack the evidence the state believes supports the charges.
The Forbess Law Firm has been helping clients facing criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today through our website. Or call us at 904-634-0900.
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Nude man in critical condition after being detained by hotel employees, Jacksonville police, by Kate Howard, The Florida Times-Union