Naked BART Acrobat Denied Mental Health Treatment, Asking for Release

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Oct 3, 2013  |  Updated 1:26 PM PDT
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The acrobat whose mental breakdown at the 16th Street BART station in May turned violent has been denied mental health treatment in jail, from where his attorney is asking for his release, according to reports.

Yeiner Perez Garizabalo, 24, made national news when video of him doing backflips and other acrobatics -- and allegedly assualting BART passengers and a system employee -- went viral after his arrest May 10.

A hearing on his attorney's motion to release the defendant, who goes by the name Yeiner Perez, from county jail, where he is awaiting trial, was scheduled for Thursday, according to the San Jose Mercury News. It has been delayed until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Perez -- who has been charged with two felonies and six misdemeanors -- has been diagnosed as mentally unfit-enough to qualify for the city's Behavorial Health Court, where mental health treatment is available for defendants, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

However, he can't get into the program because he listed his address as being in Berkeley. Therefore, he can't get the mental health services he needs -- and that's the reason behind the request for his release, the newspaper reported.

If Perez is released, he'll be able to access mental health services in Alameda County, according to the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.

While he waits, the "mentally unstable" Perez is "deteriorating" in jail, his attorney told the newspaper.

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