Before San Diego police arrived and took Invisible Children filmmaker Jason Russell into custody for his own safety, several neighbors had tried to calm him down without success, according to the San Diego police.
"He continued to act in a bizarre and irrational manner," according to a statement released by police spokeswoman Lt. Andra Brown.
Neither Brown nor anyone else in the Police Department is confirming that the incident at noontime Thursday near a busy intersection in the Pacific Beach neighborhood involved Russell. The names of people taken into custody for psychological review are not released under department policy.
But the Invisible Children organization and neighbors confirmed that it was Russell who was filmed pounding on the pavement while naked. A native of El Cajon, where his parents run Christian Youth Theatre, the 33-year-old Russell lives in Pacific Beach.
Police were responding to "several callers [who] reported that the male removed his underwear and was nude, perhaps masturbating," according to the statement. By the time police arrived, the man was wearing his underwear.
"The callers reported the underwear-clad male was in the street, interfering with traffic, screaming, yelling incoherently and pounding his fists on the sidewalk."
Police took the man to a mental health facility for observation after determining that he was a potential danger to himself or others. Officers decided that his "bizarre and irrational behavior would most appropriately be handled by transporting him to a local medical facility for further evaluation and treatment."karma is a bitch they finally got his ass and it didnt take long tell me what you think comment and share your thoughts