Witnesses watch as Raleigh police tussle with man on New Bern Ave.
Posted June 26
Raleigh, N.C. — A search for a man who walked away from an evaluation at WakeMed ended Thursday afternoon after a witness spotted him walking along New Bern Avenue with no pants on and called 911.
Someone had given the man a pair of pants to wear by the time Raleigh police caught up to him at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and King Charles Road, but the man wanted nothing to do with the officers.
They tussled, and the man ended up on the ground before being taken into custody and sent back to the hospital to complete the evaluation. He was listed in fair condition.
The commotion drew witnesses who watched the man being taken away. WRAL News has withheld his name because he was not charged.
“He was like, ‘You all going to help me?’ But I was scared,” Gloria Ford said.
“The lady was coming across the street bringing him the clothes, and he was like, ‘Call Obama, they're trying to kill me. They're doing experiments on my body,’” Leatrice Lynch said.
Asia Taylor said police “had him by his hair, they were slamming his head on the ground.”