Naked man who allegedly terrorized BART riders arrested in S.F. 

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Federal authorities on Monday arrested the naked man who allegedly terrorized BART passengers at the 16th Street station last month.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with investigators from the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, took Yeiner Alberto Perez Garizabalo into custody in San Francisco at noon, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The Colombian citizen, who uses the name Yeiner Perez and whose last known residence is in Berkeley, is scheduled to be arraigned today on two counts of felony false imprisonment, four counts of battery on public transit and one count of sexual battery.

A BART station agent captured the May 10 incident on video. It shows a man identified as the 24-year-old running amok while naked. Perez can be seen attacking and accosting several passengers while also doing flips and handstands on turnstiles.

Perez is a former acrobat who went AWOL from his Berkeley circus troupe, ClownSnotBombs, in early May prior to the incident, according to news reports. He was well-liked by colleagues, who believe he suffered a nervous breakdown.

Perez was initially arrested on suspicion of battery and taken to California Pacific Medical Center, where he was put on a psychiatric hold. However, he was released 48 hours later when BART authorities failed to make a case against him.

After his release, Perez was spotted performing in San Francisco on several occasions. According to his Facebook page, he performed at Carnaval three weeks ago, and last Thursday a man believed to be Perez was seen walking on stilts, clothed and masked, along The Embarcadero. That man was wearing a mask and playing a Berimbau instrument, both of which Perez can be seen with on his Facebook page.

He is currently being held in County Jail on $100,000 bail. He also faces deportation.

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