Police detain man wandering near this college

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Alamo Colleges Police and city EMTs try to calm down a man in front of the San Pedro branch library as he lies on the ground Friday afternoon. The man had been initially stopped on Dewey for playing in rain puddles in the middle of traffic. Alamo Colleges officers said he was “ranting and raving” about indivduals of other races. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be detained, police said. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Alamo Colleges Police and city EMTs try to calm down a man in front of the San Pedro branch library as he lies on the ground Friday afternoon. The man had been initially stopped on Dewey for playing in rain puddles in the middle of traffic. Alamo Colleges officers said he was “ranting and raving” about indivduals of other races. He was taken to a nearby hospital to be detained, police said. Photo by Kyle R. Cotton

Man taken to local hospital, Alamo Colleges officers say.

Kyle R. Cotton

kcotton11@student.alamo.edu

Alamo Colleges Police twice stopped a man Friday afternoon as he wandered along West Dewey Place between Belknap Place and San Pedro Avenue.

The man initially was stopped around noon in front of the Methodist Student Center at Belknap and Dewey for playing in rain puddles in the street, said a passer-by at the scene who asked not to be identified.

After police arrived, the man walked to the sidewalk along Dewey Place and lay down, pulling up his shirt.

Alamo Colleges patrol officer Luis Martinez was on the scene and released the man with a warning, telling him he could not play in the middle of traffic or go into any of the nearby buildings.

After Martinez warned the man, the man saluted the officer and walked down West Dewey Place singing in Spanish.

Martinez stopped him again around 1:30 p.m. in front of the San Pedro Branch Library. The man again lay down on the sidewalk as EMTs and Alamo Colleges Police Cpl. Adrianna De Hoyos arrived to help Martinez calm the man down.

Martinez said the man was not drunk, but was ranting and raving about individuals of other races.

De Hoyos said the man was taken to a nearby hospital to be detained for the San Antonio Police Department.

“We couldn’t just leave him out there,” De Hoyos said.

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