Yeiner Perez, Nude BART Acrobat, Appears in Court

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Yeiner Perez
The infamous nude BART acrobat, Yeiner Perez Garizabalo, appeared in court this afternoon to face multiple charges, including battery and sexual battery, stemming from his not-so-flattering performance at the 16th Street BART station last month.

Perez is charged with two felonies of false imprisonment, four counts of battery while on public transportation and one count of sexual battery. Perez's lawyer, a public defender assigned to him at the arraignment, asked Judge Brendan Conroy to drop the felony charges to misdemeanors since there "were no injuries."

Conroy decided against lessening the charges and instead kept Perez's bail set at $100,000. The judge also said that if Perez posted bail, he would have to stay at least 150 yards from the 16th St BART station and the two people he allegedly attacked.

Perez was arrested Monday morning, less than a week after video footage of the naked acrobat went viral on the Internet. A BART worker recorded the scene from May 10, which shows the accused Perez attacking commuters in between performing naked acrobatic feats, including the splits across the turnstiles.

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In the video, taken from inside the operator's booth, a naked Perez is seen jumping down the stairs into the BART station, attacking a young woman who runs into the booth to escape him. He then performed an odd acrobat show for afternoon commuters until the cops finally arrived and arrested him (he did get one last backflip in as the cops walked toward him).

Following the attack, Perez was arrested and, according to BART police, sent to California Pacific Medical Center for a psych evaluation. He was soon released from the hospital and taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials since he is not a citizen. Perez reportedly overstayed his visa. However, Perez was not charged with a crime until the video -- which places him as the suspect -- was posted to YouTube last week.

Perez's friends and fellow circus performers attended today's hearing, and told the press they were there to show support for their fellow acrobat. Perez was part of the Berkeley-based troupe ClownSnotBombs Circus until last week when he was fired due to the bizarre incident.

His co-workers explain what they think was going on: Perez's antics were clearly a breakdown due to mounting financial stress. "He is a comedian, an artist, a human being," said Faeble Kievman, director at ClownSnotBombs Circus.

But more than anything, his friends said they are tired of seeing Perez depicted as a monster.

"If you just see the video it's easy to demonize him," said Nicolas Bell, Perez's friend. "But when you know him you see he is a nice and caring person."

Perez will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 18.




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Marci38
Marci38

The video of Perez's actions makes me sick.  I believe that his behavior should be condemned, not only legally, but socially as well. Although I support the freedom of individual moment, and I encourage that one should be able to move comfortably about in public space, I do not feel that it it fair to do so at the expense of another's comfort. The nudity and the wild movements of his, by me, is fine, but, in my opinion, I feel that he has no right to violate the space and physical property of another human being while doing so. Do your acrobatics tricks, fine Mr.--you're cool, congrats, but don't assault others while in motion. People should be able to feel safe while commuting about in public. In addition, I I hate that his friends support Perez by saying, in general, he is a "caring person," as if he is being misunderstood. No, A "caring person" does not attack others EVER, point blank. Perez is not caring because on this day, he selfishly, did not take into consideration the well being of others, but his own selfish interests in gaining attention first. Perez needs to learn how to keep his hands to himself and to respect others; I hope he will reflect on his cruel actions while bored by himself in private cell, but I doubt a sociopath such as him will. How unfortunate that should people should now be afraid to take the BART out of fear that psychos, like Perez, just might pop out of nowhere and fling himself like ass at them. 


Katy St. Clair
Katy St. Clair

and by the way, everyone who does 'bad' things has someone who loves them... get off your high horses people

Katy St. Clair
Katy St. Clair

Good point Ian... the real sad thing about it was all the people who ignored the whole thing. I sadly would have been one of them unless i saw him touch someone.

Aurelien Baujault
Aurelien Baujault

i can't believe that's still in the news... there isn't anything more interesting to talk about for a free local news paper in SF?

Anthony Mardirosian
Anthony Mardirosian

Man, I hate to be play devils advocate but "He was soon released from the hospital and taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials since he is not a citizen. Perez reportedly overstayed his visa." It's only my tax dollars paying for his representative.

Ian Davis
Ian Davis

He may need help, but feedback like this is typical coddling of the mentally ill in this city. What made it worse was everyone walking by and doing nothing to help or intervene. Where's the woman with the tazer when you need her ?

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

He is a monster. He should be shot! No questions ask!! Plain and simple!!!

Naomi Darling
Naomi Darling

Everyone wants to throw stones and beat the guy to death. It's clear he needs medical help. Christ

Joseph Bando
Joseph Bando

He traumatized people. End of story. Everybody always says the saner thing about their local rapist too......."I never would have known cuz he was the nicest guy. Never said a bad word to anyone."

Ted White
Ted White

It's hard to know what the story is from what could be an isolated incident of manic, aggressive behavior. He definitely needs a psych eval. He might be ok once he's on meds or another form of treatment. He might not. That's why a medical workup is part of what happens in cases like this.

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

He attacked men and women both. No one had to depict that. He did that and someone recorded it.

Steven Python
Steven Python

He was certainly a monster to the people he attacked. Get this clown the hell out of the country!

Chuck Stephanski
Chuck Stephanski

SF Weekly is the only one using 'monster' , someone's friend, brother , son , needs help

Alma D Espindola Eberhardt
Alma D Espindola Eberhardt

He is CRAZY!!! Traumatized those ladys !! think about it they will not be the same after this!!!! they are going to need theraphy !!!HE DESERVE A SEVERE PUNISHMENT!!!!

Eric Carlson
Eric Carlson

"He is a comedian, an artist, a human being," said Faeble Kievman, director at ClownSnotBombs Circus. a comedian, an artist, a human being who violently assaulted at least 3 women and 2 men. "But when you know him you see he is a nice and caring person."

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