Police: Nude Man Hides Awl in Buttocks
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 3, 2006
Filed at 7:47 p.m. ET
EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) -- A naked man was arrested on suspicion of
carrying a concealed weapon after telling police he had a screwdriver
in his buttocks. The man was lying on a tree stump masturbating beside
a nature path near the El Cerrito Bay Area Rapid Transit station
Thursday, police said.
John Sheehan, 33, of Pittsburg was initially arrested on suspicion of
indecent exposure. But when asked if he was carrying anything police
should know about, Sheehan mentioned the tool, said El Cerrito
Detective Cpl. Don Horgan.
''You can't get much more concealed than that,'' Horgan said.
Officers drew their weapons and firefighters were called to the scene,
but Sheehan removed a 6-inch metal awl wrapped in black electrical
tape without incident.
Sheehan, who was paroled from state prison last week, was then booked
into the county jail in Martinez on suspicion of parole violations,
indecent exposure and one felony count of possessing a concealed
''When you're talking about an awl or an ice pick and you're dealing
with somebody who's fresh out of prison, it's a weapon. That's a
stabbing instrument,'' Horgan said.
He noted that the rear end is a common hiding place for weapons being
smuggled into prison.
It was not immediately clear what Sheehan was on parole for.