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Father of Bucs' Gerald McCoy hurt during burglary at player's home

TAMPA — The father of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy Jr. was injured Thursday in a confrontation with an armed burglar at McCoy's home, police said.

Gerald McCoy Sr. told Tampa police he came across the burglar about 4 p.m. in a second floor guest room above the garage of his son's home in the Reserve subdivision in New Tampa, an arrest report said.

There was a struggle and the burglar, later identified as 17-year-old Justin J. Frazier, pulled what looked like a silver handgun from his waistband and threatened the elder McCoy, police said. McCoy suffered a fractured wrist during the struggle, police said.

Frazier fled on foot, leaving behind a backpack containing a stolen Xbox One game system, and entered a neighbor's house, police said. A police dog found him hiding in a storage closet under the stairs. He was arrested and charged with armed burglary, grand theft, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

In the closet, officers found a silver-and-black Airsoft-style pellet gun and Frazier's cell phone. The backpack he left at McCoy's residence contained another Airsoft-style gun and property that had been stolen during a burglary in Pasco County last weekend, the report said. Police said he entered McCoy's house through an unlocked door.

Frazier declined to be interviewed after his arrest. It was unclear if he knew whose home he was accused of burglarizing.

"We know that he burgled more than one house in the Reserve," police spokesman Steve Hegarty said.

Frazier is a runaway from Polk County and was wanted there on charges of grand theft auto, dealing in stolen property, property fraud and passing counterfeit bank bills, police said. He also has outstanding warrants in Hillsborough County on charges of grand theft and robbery by sudden snatching.

When the attack occurred, Gerald McCoy Jr. — in his seventh season with the Bucs — was attending team meetings at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, where Bucs players and coaches stay the night before a home game. He was informed of the burglary and his father's condition before the Bucs' game against the Falcons on Thursday night.

McCoy said Friday through a team spokesperson that his family was "safe and doing well."

His father has been a fixture at home and away games since McCoy was selected out of Oklahoma as third overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

A four-time Pro Bowl player, McCoy had a sack and forced fumble that set up the Bucs' second touchdown in their 43-28 loss to the Falcons at Raymond James Stadium. McCoy did not mention the burglary or the attack on his father while talking to reporters following the game.

The younger McCoy came from humble beginnings and is known for his generosity. At Christmas, he and his wife, Ebony, shop for underprivileged families, and they visit hospitals on Thanksgiving.

The incident is the second reported burglary at an NFL player's home in as many weeks.

Two suspects were arrested last week in connection with an Oct. 24 break-in at the home of Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware . Ware's Super Bowl 50 ring was stolen during the burglary that reportedly happened while he was playing in the Broncos' game against the Houston Texans.

Times senior news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Tony Marrero at tmarrero@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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