WEST HOLLYWOOD—A naked man scaled a Metro bus on Sunset Boulevard Thursday, December 8 and was later taken into custody by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies.
Reports emerged Thursday afternoon about a naked man disrupting traffic and walking the road on Sunset Boulevard. The naked man, who was not immediately identified, climbed aboard an orange Metro bus around 1:45 p.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Enrique Mandujan who told KTLA news. Utilizing the bike rack on the front of the bus, the naked man then climbed atop the roof.
Pedestrians, workers near the incident, and news helicopters captured photos and video of the naked man in anticipation of his next move. Deputies, who had surrounded the stationary bus, located a ladder and climbed onto pf the bus to accustom the individual atop the bus.
Deputies contained the man with a gurney before taking him down from the bus.
“Sometimes when people are on PCP and other hallucinogens, they get really hot and throw off all their clothes,” said Ramon Montenegro, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Policing Division. “But in speaking to my deputies, they didn’t indicate anything like drug use. Other than being completely nude on top of the bus, there didn’t seem to be anything else going on.”
The nude man was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on an involuntary psychiatric hold.
KTLA 5 captured video and posted on their YouTube page.