It was a shocking sight. In the middle of the day, a man without a stitch of clothing on.
It stopped people in their tracks who gathered near the intersection of St. Johns Ave and Cameron.
That’s where he was first spotted by residents like Debra Johnson who quickly realized things were about to get sideways. "Earlier he was up the street with no shoes on, and all of a sudden he was talking to himself, like he was about to run in front of a car, and I figured he was going to do something around the corner," said Johnson.
It all happened about a block away from Reagan High School but the man didn't get on campus, according to Ray Harper who was driving by at the time. "I thought he was on some kind of hard drugs or something. Then I pulled up in here, I couldn't stop the school police, I pulled up in here and called the law because he was forcing his way into the store here," said Harper.
The convenience store the man ran into was the Texan Markets.
He was fought off by the manager, Yuba Raj Acharya. "So he tried to rob me, came over counter like this, take out the money … as he was going outside … I closed the door," said Acharya.
From the store the man jogged down St. Johns as police units arrived.
Despite all the patrol cars, the man vanished. "We got here really quick, he wasn't on the street anymore, we found him because people in the neighborhood stepped up and told us where they thought he went,” said APD Sgt. Charles Rohre.
He was in this empty duplex, hiding on the second floor.
His pants were found not far away on the road.
The man, who was not immediately identified, was restrained and taken by stretcher to an awaiting ambulance. Test will be done to determine if he was high on synthetic marijuana, pcp or some other type of substance. "There could be some criminal charges pending, but at this time we are not actually looking at actually applying any to him,” said Sgt Rohre.
His name was not immediately released by police. However, residents say he lives in the area - and started acting erratically a few weeks ago. Residents in the neighborhood also tell FOX 7 they'd like to see more police patrols in the area in order to crackdown on the drug dealing.