BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Alberto Araya, 19, a UF student, was arrested last night and charged with burglary and three counts of property damage after allegedly entering an apartment at The Standard, taking off all his clothes, damaging property belonging to the residents, then walking out into the hall naked.
At about 6 p.m. last night, security camera footage at The Standard reportedly captured Araya walking down a hallway wearing only shorts; he is also reportedly shown slapping down an exit sign, causing about $300 in damage.
Cameras then show him entering the victims’ apartment, and about 45 minutes later, two of the residents returned to their apartment and told Gainesville Police Department officers that they found Araya standing in the middle of their living room, completely naked. They immediately left the apartment, and cameras reportedly show Araya coming out into the hallway about 15 minutes later, still completely naked. Officers reported that they also saw Araya in the hallway completely naked.
The victims reported that Araya had caused about $400 in damage in one room, breaking light fixtures and other items; he allegedly broke a mirror in another room, causing $100 in damage; he also allegedly broke a bottle of wine on the living room floor.
Post Miranda, Araya denied that he had used any drugs or alcohol and reportedly said that he believed he and his wife lived in that apartment. He reportedly told officers that he believed one of the apartment residents was his wife. He reportedly admitted to damaging property because he was angry.
Officers later learned that Araya is not married.
Araya has no criminal history and was released on his own recognizance with a requirement to report to Court Services for mental health treatment and a requirement to not return to The Standard.
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