A naked man was arrested on Saturday, Aug. 1, after challenging a cab driver to fight in the middle of a major Santa Monica intersection.
At 12:30 am officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to investigate a report of a naked man who was standing in the middle of Second St. at Santa Monica Blvd.
As well as being naked the man was allegedly causing trouble.
When the officers arrived they spoke with a cab driver who had witnessed the strange behavior of the naked man.
The cab driver told the officers that the naked man had approached his cab on the driver’s side and had asked him if he would like to have a fight.
The cab driver told the officers that he had declined this invitation and in order to make the point he had rolled up his window and locked the doors of his cab.
He added that the naked man had then attempted to force the driver’s door open.
The officers had approached the naked man and when they had attempted to detain him he had become violent and had kicked at the officers.
The officers subdued the naked man and he was arrested and later charged with being a pedestrian outside a crosswalk, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer.
Bail was set at $20,000.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of The Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.