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UF student arrested naked at The Standard

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.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • This is another guy with no criminal record under arrest. I am usually pretty tough on those under arrest on this site. But this guy is different. He truly is deranged and needs mental health services. I don’t see him as dangerous just sick.

  • Is he from Miami, and used to high rises with open unlocked doors? Given the Idaho student murders (and Gainesville’s notoriety), WTF are students leaving their door unlocked?

    • They probably hang out at their neighbors’ apartments a lot, and at least one sorority had rented a whole floor not too long ago; it could be something like that. People who rob their neighbors probably couldn’t afford to live there in the first place, and that’s a good thing. It has thin walls so all you would need to do is start screaming if there is an intruder. Serial killers don’t usually strike buildings like that with cameras everywhere.

    • It sounds like a bad magic mushroom trip. Taking off clothes and running around naked is very common.

      • I’ll leave you to guess about bad mushrooms. I know something about schizophrenia, because I’ve worked closely with several schizophrenics and their doctors.

        • A bad trip, not bad mushrooms. People don’t suddenly “go schizophrenic” and wind up wandering naked through the halls of a building, not knowing who they are and breaking things. That’s a hallucinogenic trip gone bad. You sound very small-minded to assume that other people here aren’t at least as knowledgeable about these topics as you think you are.

          • A “bad trip” is anecdotal. Notice how I used quotations there, because it’s the phrase you used. Just like you wrote “bad magic mushroom” that I responded to. Whether “bad trip” or “bad magic mushroom trip” is inconsequential. I didn’t write “go schizophrenic.”

            A schizophrenic episode seeming out of nowhere is often the first demonstrable sign that a person has a serious and medically diagnosable (and treatable) health issue. It’s often only looking back that people close to a diagnosed person recognize a pattern of increasingly erratic and disjointed thinking. So, schizophrenia can and often does present suddenly.

            One might assume an otherwise successful university student with no prior criminal history experienced merely a “bad trip,” and it’s possible the kid lied about not drinking or doing any drugs; but a rational person wouldn’t jump to that conclusion, and would instead look for some evidence. I happen to be close friends with a schizophrenic who did in fact strip naked and wander across a university campus quite suddenly and with no provocation.

            I don’t assume nobody else here has any information. I just judge from reading your posts over a couple of years that you in particular jump to a lot of conclusions without evidence.

          • I said it sounds like a bad mushroom trip. You want to ascribe some degree of certainty to what I say when it’s usually designed to be thought-provoking and prefaced by “Maybe (this)” or “Maybe (that).” In any case, I have at least two medical school psychiatry textbooks and my own copy of Interpretation of Schizophrenia, one of the better-known works on the topic. If he was having a bad trip, he may not have remembered who he was, let alone the fact that he had eaten some mushrooms a few hours before that. The fact that he was released on his own recognizance speaks for itself. He probably took his finals early, like many underclassmen are able to do, and was partying with his friends before leaving town. You sound like you need to unwind or something.

          • Oh, you own some textbooks. How cool. Is your knowledge of magic mushrooms also secondhand interpretation of stuff you’ve read, or do you have some personal experience that helps inform the colorful conclusions you jump to? LOL. SMH.

  • This kid is a UF student. He is not one of thugs on the street. I am a strong believer in law and order and being tough on crime but this young man is not a criminal.

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