Inmate sues citizen who arrested him
Claims he was roughed up during a citizen's arrest after stealing a bicycle
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A Florida inmate is suing the man he's convicted of burglarizing, claiming the man and two others roughed him up during a citizen's arrest.
Michael Dupree is serving a 12-year sentence for burglary and cocaine possession stemming from a 2007 break-in of a van in St. Petersburg. Dupree allegedly stole a bicycle locked inside and was apprehended after the owner, Anthony McKoy, saw him with the bike down the street.
Dupree says McKoy and two others pointed a gun at him, handcuffed him and placed a knee painfully in his back. He's seeking $500,000 for disabilities and distress suffered during the takedown.
Dupree filed the civil lawsuit on his own, without the help of an attorney.
After being served with the suit, McKoy said, "I thought it was a joke. I'm the victim."