Yeiner Perez, BART's Naked Acrobat, Facing Deportation

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There are so many unanswered questions surrounding the May 10 incident in which 24-year-old Yeiner Perez stripped naked and attacked commuters at the 16th and Mission BART Station. Among them: Why was this man subsequently released from police custody and back into the world?

According to BART Deputy Police Chief Ben Fairow, Perez was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery; he had a psych evaluation and then he was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement -- which is now in the process of trying to deport Perez back to his native country. ICE officials would not reveal which country he's from.

Meanwhile, BART has issued a warrant for his arrest, and the District Attorney's Office is considering filing charges against Perez now that they have the footage of the May 10 incident that's been circulated widely across the Internet.

"He is not a citizen," Fairow tells us. "He is out of custody now but being monitored with a GPS [ankle] bracelet."

We contacted ICE officials, who would not confirm anything beyond this written statement:

Following his arrest by local authorities, Jeiner Albert Perez Garizabalo was remanded to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on May 14 and has been placed in deportation proceedings. Pending a decision in his immigration case, Mr. Perez is required report to ICE on a regular basis to ensure he is complying with the terms of his release.

That helps explain how a reader spotted a performer they believe was Perez on the Embarcadero earlier Thursday performing his acrobatics for tourists. We can't be certain it was Perez -- however, it certainly appears to be the acrobat. Perez was fired from his previous job with the East Bay-based troupe ClownsNotBombs. The group issued a statement on Thursday, informing SF Weekly of Perez's "termination."

Fairow says if were up to him, he would have kept Perez in custody, adding that he wouldn't want his wife and child subjected to someone like that. However, BART police hadn't completed the necessary reports in time for a judge to decide whether there was enough probable cause.

What Fairow is doing at this time is drawing on a recently enacted state law allowing BART to ban people who, like Perez, disrupt the commuting service with criminal or nefarious acts.

"What I rely on in these cases is getting a stayaway order so I can arrest them anytime they show up," Fairow said. "We are actively seeking a stayaway order for [Perez] so his name and picture will be in that database."



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zach_sire
zach_sire

Does SF Weekly have copy editors? The incident was on JUNE 10th, not May 10th (which is typed twice!).

HRMjackrabbit
HRMjackrabbit

what he did.. is so, so sick, so raggedly depraved, so primal, he SHOULD, be put down like a wild diseased dog, asap

HRMjackrabbit
HRMjackrabbit

what he did.. is so, so sick, so raggedly depraved, so primal, he SHOULD, be put down like a wild diseased dog, asap

HRMjackrabbit
HRMjackrabbit

what he did.. is so, so sick, so raggedly depraved, so primal, he SHOULD, be put down like a wild diseased dog, asap

Denice Lasha
Denice Lasha

Oh I wasn't arguing with you Andrea I completely agree with you his ass needs to be deported what he did was despicable to those women.... I just hate the term 'foreign alien'... it gives me the creeps. They are not aliens they are humans.

pembrokellc
pembrokellc

If a USA citizen did this in Mexico, he would be in jail for a very long time.
This guy gets an ankle bracelet?

Pascal Christeller
Pascal Christeller

Typical America. Someone has a problem, so we throw them away. What does his nationality have to do with anything?

Teresa Secundus
Teresa Secundus

I hope he gets help for his mental health issues, or else he will just be a problem for other people to deal with.

Ian Yin
Ian Yin

I've encountered my fair share of nude people on and off the train in public but it still WOWs me, I was in ct with my parents and this guy started screaming outside and so I went too take a look, he stripped and rolled around in the middle of the street,then some of the neighbors picked up his clothes and him out of the street we called an ambulance for this yong kid about 16 years old

Romain
Romain

I lived with a close friend who developed schizophrenia, since that day I believe any healthy person can get crazy.

Poor guy...

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

The other patrons were interfering with his rights as a practicing Naturist?

Joe Herman
Joe Herman

^thats a joke in very poor taste

Andrea de Lugnani
Andrea de Lugnani

...and most people hate being harassed and attacked by mentally unstable people as they are on their way to work on public transportation. Somehow, I think the latter tramps the former. ;-)

Noel Mulet
Noel Mulet

"There are so many unanswered questions..." Yeah, who's your trainer?

Andrea de Lugnani
Andrea de Lugnani

He should be sent back. Why would the US need to care for a mentally unstable foreign alien?!

Joe Herman
Joe Herman

He should be locked up. The impotence of the various law enforcement agencies involved with this is staggering

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

Don't you love how BART only cares about keeping him off BART so he's not their problem, and screw the general public as a whole? The guy attacked two women on the video I saw. I don't care the reason. He shouldn't be back on the street yet. And "BART police hadn't completed the necessary reports in time for a judge to decide whether there was enough probable cause" is just pathetic.

Samantha Sanchez
Samantha Sanchez

so he's mentally ill and the answer is to deport him? nice.

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

Don't you love how BART only cares about keeping him off BART so he's not their problem, and screw the general public as a whole? The guy attacked two women on the video I saw. I don't care the reason. He shouldn't be back on the street yet. And that "BART police hadn't completed the necessary reports in time for a judge to decide whether there was enough probable cause" is just pathetic.

njudah
njudah topcommenter

It's all well and good for people to laugh at this but when you watch the video and see what he did, he was a really awful person committing assaults. A pity someone didn't mace the shit out of this turd. Hope they deport his naked ass back to Idiotvile.

Bonnie Blake
Bonnie Blake

Tolerance is one thing but attacking passengers while naked is way over the top!

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

Here's to hoping he gets sent to a country that actually cares enough to prove its people with medical care.

hplovecraft
hplovecraft

@zach_sire Not sure , but I think the actual incident really did take place the previous month and the compliant , liberal local press didn't want to show a liberal run amok ..but the internet made this item impossible to conveniently ignore , so... hence the late disclosure , coverage , date.

hplovecraft
hplovecraft

@Deejay White Mike  You miss those clubs ( Eagle ) in SOMA ? Rough trade ?

SanFranist
SanFranist

@mrericsir God you're annoying. Do you just troll every website?

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@SanFranist Using a bunch of different names now?  Getting pretty desperate, I see.

SanFranist
SanFranist

@mrericsir I don't think you can post anymore than you do. Yeah we'll see when I get banned. 

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@SanFranist Well if that's how you feel, I'll be sure to post 10x as much as normal until you get banned for your hysterical outbursts.

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