Yeiner Perez, BART's Naked Acrobat, Files Motion To Be Released From Jail

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Yeiner Perez, the naked acrobat who has been behind bars for nearly four months after dropping trou and allegedly attacking passengers at BART, is attempting to be released from jail.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Perez's attorney has filed a motion asking the court to release the defendant on his own recognizance, which prosecutors "completely oppose." The judge will hear the motion tomorrow afternoon, said Alex Bastian, spokesman for the DA's Office.

"In the interest of public safety and the community at large and the defendant himself, we are opposed to the defendant being released in the manner in which it's being proposed," Bastian told us.

As readers could never ever forget, Perez, 24, was arrested in June after he was seen on video, naked, attacking BART passengers in between performing bizarre, yet very professional, acrobatic stunts, including aerials and the splits.

Perez, who, according to authorities, is in the United States illegally, had been a member of a local circus troupe dubbed ClownsnotBombs which later fired him after the video of his antics went viral.

The incident occurred on May 10, and although he was detained, police released Perez after he underwent a psychiatric evaluation and the DA declined to file charges. It wasn't until a month later that the video appeared on YouTube, sparking outrage and confusion over why the man seen in the video had not been arrested.

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Yeiner Perez
Using the video as more evidence that a crime or two had occurred, BART police tracked down Perez and arrested him again on June 17. His bail was set to $100,000, which he has not been able to pay.

Perez has been charged with two felony counts of false imprisonment and four misdemeanor counts of battery on public transportation.

The Public Defender's Office told the Examiner that Perez has been deteriorating in jail and not receiving the kind of treatment that would offer a lasting solution to his mental illness. According to Perez's attorney, Paul Myslin, the Department of Public Health refuses to approve funding that would allow Perez admission into San Francisco's Behavioral Health Court, which offers mental health care for defendants in certain criminal cases and helps them find housing and jobs, the Ex reports. That's because when Perez was arrested, he told authorities he lived in Berkeley and the program is only available to San Francisco residents.

However, Myslin said that Perez is actually homeless and has been couch surfing with friends up until his arrest.

As a result of all this, Myslin is asking the court to release Perez so that he can seek the mental health treatment in Alameda County. A judge is expected to make a ruling tomorrow.

No word on whether Perez, who is an East Bay resident, would hop BART home should he be released from jail.




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Adam Smith
Adam Smith

Wouldn't it make more sense to deport him back to his native country and not spend the money on keeping him in jail?

Strife Fahlife
Strife Fahlife

he should be let go. whatever drugs he was on have surely worn off by now and i'm sure they have monitored him and stuff. he didn't hurt anyone just ran around crazy jumping on stuff and shaking his wee-wee. lol. give him free!

Carlos Renteria
Carlos Renteria

This stupid junkie should be in prison . I seen the youtube video , so disgusting , He should be right now in San Quentin right now . Indecent exposure that is a felony , He should be locked up !!

Michelle A Bravo
Michelle A Bravo

This guy's been ungrounded/without his own home (?) for, none of us, know how long if he's been couch surfing at friends places. He needs mental health care. Period.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

Where was his bail? He should be awaiting trial with his lawyer.

Alycia Moore
Alycia Moore

Let him go, we have more serious shit to worry about.

William Dolan
William Dolan

Free Up the Yeiner!!!!!!!!!!!!! This man is a LEGEND. Yeiner Perez

Ely Rodriguez
Ely Rodriguez

well, if he wants to be free, i guess we should let him go right? i'm sure he didnt mean to get naked and attack people on bart right? i'm sure they did a psych exam on him right? what he did is "normal" right? I just assumed the city was gonna try to help this poor dude with psychiatric help after he got arrested, but i guess not. i should have stayed up on the case.this sucks on many levels, for everyone. us, the people attacked, the workers, and the naked guy.

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

How does it feel to want to be free! Throw away the key. Leave him in there!

April Marie
April Marie

Yes he does indeed need mental healthcare.

April Marie
April Marie

Want in one hand, shit in another. Maybe he will think twice before sexually accosting women and terrorizing Bart riders.

Nate Mezmer
Nate Mezmer

pretty sure he needs mental health care

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@Alycia Moore Can he stay at your house then?

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