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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Ocala man arrested after breaking into unoccupied home under construction, fleeing officers in U-Haul truck

A 43-year-old Ocala man was arrested after allegedly breaking into an unoccupied residence under construction in southwest Ocala and fleeing sheriff’s deputies in a U-Haul truck.

Around 5:30 p.m. on October 11, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a burglary in progress at a home under construction after a neighbor reportedly heard glass breaking inside the home and noticed a U-Haul backed up to the house.

Upon arrival at the scene, the MCSO deputy approached the house and heard a loud noise consistent with a heavy object being pushed across a concrete floor.

The deputy looked into the front window of the house and spotted Keon Nathaniel Taylor inside the home, according to the report.

After he was spotted, Taylor allegedly opened the front door and ignored the deputies instructions before the deputy lost sight of him.

Ocala man facing felony charges after breaking into unoccupied home fleeing officers in U Haul truck
Keon Nathaniel Taylor

Taylor eventually ran through the front door of the residence and climbed into the driver’s seat of the U-Haul. According to the report, the deputy ran towards Taylor and unsuccessfully attempted to pull him out of the driver’s seat before Taylor drove off, knocking the deputy to the ground.

The deputy attempted to pursue Taylor but had lost sight of the U-Haul.

Shortly thereafter, additional deputies responded to a separate call for service on SW 43rd Avenue Road in reference to an individual matching Taylor’s description running through multiple yards.

Utilizing a K-9 unit, Taylor was located under a shed in the backyard of a nearby residence.

During a search of the area, deputies located the U-Haul truck abandoned on a service road within a half mile of where they apprehended Taylor.

Taylor spoke with deputies and admitted to driving around while looking for a new home so that he could steal appliances, according to the report.

Taylor was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he faces felony charges for burglary, grand theft, and resisting an officer. He is currently being held on $9,000 bond. No court date has been scheduled yet, according to jail records.