Many folks on the mountain got into the spirit of Memorial Day over the weekend, but a man named Christian Theodore Neuroth may have topped them all.
According to a sheriff’s report, the 55-year-old Mission Viejo resident was in Arrowbear on Saturday afternoon when, for an unknown reason, he decided to appear in the rear parking lot of Blondie’s restaurant without the benefit of attire, other than an American flag, which partially shrouded his 6-0, 175-pound body.
A sheriff’s dispatcher got a call at 3:20 p.m. that a man was naked, “screaming and yelling like a maniac” in the parking lot behind the eatery, Capt. Rick Ells said.
The person who placed the call, reportedly an employee at Blondie’s bar, told arriving sheriff’s personnel he’d never seen the man before.
“He was screaming and acting bizarrely,” Ells said.
Deputy Ron Miller, responded to the call, assisted by Sgt. Garth Goodell. The two confronted Neuroth, Ells said, and the unclothed man rushed at Miller. The two took Neuroth into custody and booked him at West Valley Detention center at 3:42 p.m. for resisting a public officer.
He remained in custody on Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail. Miller was not injured in the incident, Ells said.
According to court records, the district attorney’s office electronically filed a felony criminal complaint against Neuroth on Tuesday. He had not been arraigned as of Tuesday afternoon. Court files show Neuroth has no prior criminal records in San Bernardino County.
If convicted of violating Section 69 of the California Penal Code, Neuroth could be fined up to $10,000, sentenced to up to a year in county jail, or both.