Updated: March 5, 2014 6:12AM
A 23-year-old man who stripped naked at a Manhattan gas station and walked down U.S. 52 in the cold on Sunday previously was diagnosed with a mental illness and will not be charged because he likely did not realize what he was doing, Police Chief Harold Martin said.
The man went into the station, U.S. 52 and Manhattan Road, removed his clothes, walked out and began walking along the road, Martin said, adding that “he did have earphones on, so he was listening to music or something, but as far as I know, that’s all he had on.”
Police were called, and two officers tried calling to the man, who did not respond, police said. The man resisted being detained and had to be handcuffed, Martin said.
The man had some minor scrapes after being taken into custody as well as potential injury from being in the cold, so he was taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox for treatment and observation, according to police.
The man has a relative living in Manhattan, Martin said.