SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A man accused of stripping naked and harassing people while doing acrobatic moves at a BART station in San Francisco last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven felony and misdemeanor charges.
Yeiner Perez Garizabalo, 24, faces two felony counts of false imprisonment, four misdemeanor counts of battery on public transportation and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery for the May 10 incident at the 16th Street Mission BART station.
Garizabalo allegedly ran naked through the station, grabbing several passengers and kicking a BART employee while also doing a backflip and other acrobatic moves. The incident was captured in a video posted on YouTube that has gone viral via social media.
He was arrested after visiting with immigration authorities in the city on Monday, District Attorney George Gascon said.
The Colombia native did not speak during his arraignment in San Francisco Superior Court Tuesday afternoon while his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Paul Myslin, entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf.
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Myslin asked for the felony counts to be downgraded to misdemeanors, saying that Garizabalo has no criminal record and his actions “appear to be of a psychiatric nature.”