[UPDATED with More and Scarier Details:] Young Man Wades Nude, Then Eats Beach Sand

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UPDATE, APRIL 6, 3:34 P.M.: California State Parks confirmed that the naked man arrested after coming out of the San Clemente surf Tuesday morning was Jesse William Sauder, 18, of San Clemente.

And, according to district supervisor Ken Kramer, the incident was more dangerous than might be indicated in the photos and account we posted last evening (which you'll find after the jump). 


Park rangers received a call through the Orange County Sheriff's Department dispatch around 6:30 a.m. of a naked man on the beach attacking people. A female officer was the first to arrive on the scene and, according to the ranger report, the man charged her and she had to defend herself with pepper spray.

The nude man then ran into the water, so the bizarre actions witnessed by a surf photographer (read post below) may have been the disturbed fellow's attempts to remove pepper spray residue.

He remained in the water for about an hour before two park rangers and two sheriff's deputies subdued him after he came out of the water, according to Kramer, who said two officers sustained minor injuries that did not require hospitalization.

"It was potentially a very dangerous situation," he said, adding the officers were "fortunate" nothing worse happened to them, the arrestee or bystanders, whose numbers increased as the morning's bizarre spectacle wore on.

Sauder was booked on suspicion of assault on a peace officer, obstructing and delaying arrest and being under the influence.

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Photos by Jack English / Surf Images
Thar he blows!
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 5, 6:30 P.M.: Encinitas surf photographer Jack English shoots along the coast and around the world, but he's never encountered action quite like what he stumbled upon this morning.

To an audience of a few law enforcement types at the state beach park in San Clemente, a totally naked man waded in the ocean and intermittently banged his head against the water, English observed.

Everyone has his own swimmer's ear remedy--and yes, there are photos after the jump. This went down while you were probably eating toast, fighting freeway traffic or snoozing away: between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m.

Anyway, after playing in the water for a bit, the Un-Boardshorted One finally emerged from the surf, where California park rangers and Orange County sheriff's deputies said their hellos, wrestled him to the ground and cuffed his hands behind his back. All the while, the chap's face was pressed into the sand. Wonder if he left a snow angel?

We're still awaiting official confirmation as to who was arrested. An Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) spokesman said it's a California State Parks case and that info must come from them. Someone answering the phone at the San Clemente station said all the rangers are gone and not expected back until 8 a.m. Wednesday. I was given the number for the Doheny station where a message was left on the supervising ranger's voice mail. Love those state budget cuts!

The OCSD arrest log only includes one name all day from State Parks: Jesse William Sauder, an 18-year-old student, who was popped after a 6:35 a.m. call. He was taken to the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana, where he was held in lieu of $2,500 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday. If I had a bail bondsman license, I could tell you the charge.

I can tell you the San Clemente Times listed a Jesse William Sauder as a 2010 San Clemente High School graduate. Congratulations!

Whoever was in the water, English noted this about him: "This man found out the hard way that you just can't skinny dip at the beach."

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Down for the counts.

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orange county bail bonds

Thanks for sharing this great content, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic, awesome stuff!

Jack123
Jack123

4 copz dumbass cause homeboy iz/wuz on meth!!!

WPOD!!

OY VEY!!

Turtle
Turtle

And by the way Matt Coker, you lost all credibility with me with your original blog. It would be great, if, as a journalist, getting the facts before writing some bs was a priority of yours. Too bad you let some photos tell you a story before you got the facts. I'll keep that in mind when and if I read your next article...you know, grain of salt and all that...

Tahlavi52
Tahlavi52

Well, I'll try to ignore the personal stuff to some extent, but your post is full of it -personal stuff, that is. You have no knowledge of my education, or lack thereof. Maybe you meant to say "inexperienced" or something similar. Only problem with that is that I am experienced, both with the sea and with police officers. (btw, it's "effect" an arrest, and not "affect an arrest". Or better yet, how about just plain "make an arrest"?) But let's quibble about concepts and not words. I said nothing about it only taking one officer. It's not the number of officers that I object to, but their behavior. My question, now for the 3d time is: " Why does it take four cops to TACKLE and ARREST one naked guy ?" No, we don't know the whole story, but since your post is full of "what ifs", how about this one: "WHAT IF he didn't need to be tackled by four cops?". Did you see the end of my post where the officer told me to put on my pants and I did? WHAT IF they told him to do so, instead of jumping on him? As far as my personal lifestyle choices, I didn't go to the police acadamy because I didn't want to. I'm not a strong sea-swimmer, never have been, so it wouldn't have been in anyones interest for me to work for an agency near the water. And not that it's particularly relevant, but since you felt the need to address my capabilities, they do extend to defending myself. Not that I enjoy bering required to do so, but on the very few occasions in my life when it's been necessary, I've done so quite sucessfully. But thanks for your concern.

Tahlavi52
Tahlavi52

It would seem to me that the appropriate procedure to arrest someone (If indeed he needed to be arrested) Would be to say: "Stop! You are under arrest for indecent exposure". If you read my initial comment, it says: " Why did it take four cops to TACKLE and ARREST this guy" From all appearancs, he was naked on the beach. Not a very likely candidate to "injure an officer". Admittedly, it's a short article, and there's much unknown, but since there's no mention of him resisting arrest (or getting the schnit beat out of him, as would have been the case, had he actually resisted arrest), I'm assuming it's just a few rogue cops impressed with the power WE the PEOPLE (including the naked guy, presumably) have conferred upon them. Your comment seems to indicate you think it's Ok for four cops to tackle and forceably restrain somebody for a pretty minor iinfraction. To my way of thinking, it's an example of what used to be called "police brutality". Unfortunately plenty of people, like yourself apparently, seem to think that's OK. I don't.

And just as an aside, which no one is probably intterested in, even myself, as I had forgotten the incident for these many years ... Once about 35 years ago in Northern Calif., I made a wrong turn, looking for a nude beach, and ended up naked in a non-nude area (no one else around for many meters). A policeman rode by on a horse, told me this was not a clothing-optional area, and told me to put my pants on, which I did. No arrest, and no tackling by an organized gang in full colors. That approach proved quite effective in my case. Why would you and the "officers" feel "TACKLING and ARREST" are needed, instead of telling the guy to put his dam pants on?

Pricefund
Pricefund

alright draw straws on takin down the naked guy.....

Drewski_cf88
Drewski_cf88

I'm curious to know the full story; San Onofre Beach in San Clemente has been in limbo as a clothing optional beach. The story makes it sound as if the "offender" is some sort of delinquent pervert, but my guess is he got caught up in the hellstorm of San Onofre, Trail 6. In which case villianizing him is just plain old douchey. Thanks Orange County, for stripping your citizens of their right to strip.

VBOC
VBOC

Yeah I love it how the female officer took point on this arrest

Vivpio
Vivpio

Tahlavi,Why would they use one officer? When they are trying to arrest someone, why would they risk injury to an officer? Yes, it makes sense to use all officers present to make the arrest. The suspect is less likely to be injured also. Think about it.

Tahlavi52
Tahlavi52

Can anyone explain to me why it took 4 cops to tackle and arrest this guy? I know, he was going for his gun ... very impressive OCSD!

Hugh B
Hugh B

The naked guy was lucky he didn't get tased. Thanks to the officers who took the guy down so us regular citizens didn't have too. Get the drugged up naked guy off the beach. It's lucky it was early and not when little kids were around. Hopefully the young man will get the help he needs. My wife and many other women use this area for walks. This kind of thing happens every now and then. Myself, a frequent user of this beach, and the rest of my local surfer friends take care of this stuff ourselves sometimes when no official help is around. We have a reputation, for the last 30 years, for protecting women and making it safe for them to enjoy this South Side San Clemente Beach. Bottom line, the kid is lucky he got tackled by the police and rangers...

Explainingthingstostupidpeople
Explainingthingstostupidpeople

It took 4 officers because the guy was on drugs. Tahlavi, you, sir, are an idiot. An unadulterated, flat out, true to form, IDIOT. You did not hear the 911 call, or speak to witnesses on the beach, nor did you witness any of the behaviour presented by said naked man. Can it, buddy. To not be there is to be ignorant, and you are beyond igorant. And by the way, his being naked had nothing to do with the call...so please, go back to trail six and put your head in the sand

Js69020
Js69020

What if... your an idiot. You want to know what happened? The guy WAS on drugs (hence naked in the water at 7am banging his head on the water) and tried to assault the female officer. She called for back up after pepper spraying him and it took 4 officers to subdue him because he was fighting and resisting the whole time.

sbsurfer
sbsurfer

You are an eloquent yet uneducated individual. A person slamming or pounding their head on the water is not normal, as a surfer for over 30 years I know. The reason they use four officers is to eliminate any threat of a fight, injury, tasing, pepper spraying, or possibly shooting the subject. The law says that police are to use that force necessary to affect an arrest. So if it takes 10 officers to take a person into custody and all they need to use is their hands then it is a good arrest. What would your comments be if there was one cop and the idiot went for the cops gun and then got shot for being nude? Anyhow, we aren't told if he exhibited symptoms of being under the influence of a controlled substance, drunk, or mentally impaired. Why don't you put yourself through the police academy, get hired by an agency that works by the water and then arrest the next idiot swimming naked. Hopefully you don't get pulled into the water with all the gear on and drown. Remember, in your eyes it should only take one officer. Hopefully you know how to fight and or defend yourself. I am going to go out on a limb and say you don't know how. As a police officer I hear and see people like you everyday. Have a good day.

Sue
Sue

Drewski is so far OFF base! This has nothing to do with San Onofre and Trail 6. The guy was charging and attacking innocent beach goers at 6:30 in the morning. Come on - quit trying to make this into a nudist rights issue. This guy was so strung out on drugs that he tried to attack the female officer, was trying to bite the officers trying to handcuff him, attempted to kick out the police car windows, spitting at them, etc. Let's see how Drewski would handle this situation. Give us a break and let's be a little more grateful to those that choose to serve the public and put THEIR lives at risk for very little pay and very little respect from some of the public.

OCLocal
OCLocal

The story says he was at San Clemente State Beach.. not San Onofre, which I know is in San Clemente. And the original caller stated he was attacking people! There might be more to the story, but I don't think it is going to end up being what you are thinking.

Bill T.
Bill T.

They aren't able to tell the difference between a perp that is resistive and combative and a citizen that is willing to cooperate? I believe that the huge majority of cops are honest folks just trying to do their job. Much of the problem is that they come into contact with morons on a daily basis. Many cops I have known have come to think that everyone is like those people.

Turtle
Turtle

Thanks for that. I love how Tahlavi can formulate his opinion based on fantasy not facts.

Vivpio
Vivpio

As for your first sentence, is that a question? I have known police officers also. They never know which way a situation will suddenly turn, Someone may be calm one minute, then out f control the next.

pushila
pushila

stfu you stupid moron

Tahlavi52
Tahlavi52

I didn't formulate an opinion, I asked a question. and it was not answered in the article.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Reasoned response, thanks. My plan is to avoid putting myself in a situation that might give cause for an officer to cuff me, that's worked pretty well for me for 63 years. Mistakes do happen though.

People are critisizing Matt for not including the allegations of assault, etc. Quite possibly those details weren't available to him? Also, can anyone explain what it means to have "banged his head agaisnt the water"?

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