For those of you who have been tracking the latest bizarreness at the 16th Street BART station where a naked 24-year-old Yeiner Perez was caught on video spitting and wailing on commuters as he performed handstands on the transit turnstiles, here's the latest news: His circus troupe fired him.
SF Weekly received an e-mail from Clowns Not Bombs, the non-profit circus troupe where Perez had worked, informing us that they terminated his employment.
Here's the full statement:
Statement Regarding Yeiner Perez: Clownsnotbombs terminated its relationship with Yeiner Perez immediately upon hearing about the May 10th, 2013 incident at the 16th Street BART station. Clownsnotbombs opposes all forms of violence and we are shocked and saddened by Mr. Perez's behavior. To our knowledge, Mr. Perez never exhibited this type of behavior previously and this episode came as a complete surprise to us.
Our hearts go out to those who were impacted by this incident and Mr. Perez himself. We believe Mr. Perez has a medical issue and hope that he receives the medical help that he needs.
Perez, whose bio no longer appears on the group's website, for unknown reasons showed up at BART with no clothes on and, as seen on video, started attacking commuters in between doing the splits and aerials off the turnstiles.
It was BART workers who had to confront Perez while waiting for police to show up. Perez was later taken to California Pacific Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation; he was arrested on suspicion of battery, but later released because the District Attorney couldn't decide whether or not to file charges.
Since then, BART presented new information to the District Attorney's Office and has issued a warrant for his arrest. Right now, the DA is reviewing that information and is considering filing charges, said Stephanie Ong Stillman, spokeswoman with the DA.
"We are looking for witnesses to make for a stronger case," she told us this morning.
Anyone who (unfortunately) witnessed this incident is asked to call the District Attorney's Investigations Unit at 553-1030.