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Homeless man in underwear arrested after breaking window at Marion Technical Institute

A 24-year-old homeless man was arrested after he broke a window and entered Marion Technical Institute on Tuesday night while only wearing underwear.

At around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Ocala Police Department officers responded to Marion Technical Institute (1614E Fort King Street) in reference to a person who was possibly injured.

Upon arrival, the officers observed a large blood trail throughout the interior of the school. The trail began at a broken window, traveled down the school’s hallways, and passed through the cafeteria.

A school employee told OPD investigators that a black man with dreadlocks who was only wearing boxers was seen running away from the school campus. No children were at the school at the time of the incident, but several employees were present.

According to the OPD report, a call for service regarding an injured man was received at around 9:35 p.m. from the Sonic restaurant located at 3450 SE Maricamp Road. When officers arrived at the restaurant, they located a man who was later identified as Aikeem Jett.

Aikeem Jett
Aikeem Jett

Jett had a large laceration on his right forearm, and he was transported to a local hospital. At the hospital, an officer conducted an interview, and Jett was unable to provide any information about his identity, how he sustained the injury, or how he got to the restaurant.

Jett told the officer that he was homeless. The officer observed in the report that Jett had long dreadlocks and he was wearing a black t-shirt and green boxers with “remnants of blue jeans.”

The officer left the hospital and returned to Marion Technical Institute. The broken window was observed along with the trail of blood, and a school employee offered to show the officer footage from the school’s surveillance cameras.

The OPD report indicated that the officer watched the footage and saw Jett as he ran onto the school campus from the east side. He was only wearing boxers, and he ran into the interior of the campus shortly before the original call for service was received. No further video surveillance was available.

The school estimated that approximately $1,000 worth of damages had been caused to the window and campus during the incident.

Jett’s girlfriend was located, and she told investigators that Jett had scaled the fence and ran inside the school for unknown reasons. When she later found Jett, she stated that he had a cut on his arm, and she took him to the hospital. She added that Jett later ran away from the hospital and she was unsure of his whereabouts prior to officers locating him.

Jett was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $7,000 bond. He is facing felony charges for burglary of an unoccupied structure and criminal mischief.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.