Man runs naked on Bridge Street

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Bradenton Beach police know him as a homeless man who often warns law enforcement when he’s about to have an episode.

The 32-year-old was taken into police custody Nov. 29 after a public works staffer reported him running west on Bridge Street without his clothes.

At about 9:30 a.m., Lt. John Cosby detained him in the backseat of his squad car.

The man told Officer Devon Straight that his clothes were burning him.

During the interview, police report that the man sprung from the squad and attempted to flee. He was restrained with handcuffs until EMS arrived.

Straight determined the man was a risk to himself and public safety and was transported to Blake Medical Center for treatment under the Baker Act.

Detective Sgt. Lenard Diaz said the man, who sleeps “wherever he can find shelter for the night,” typically calls police prior to his episodes.

“We don’t have any issues with him,” he added.

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