Arrest follows multiple reports of nude man in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — A man who was convicted in April of putting superglue on ATMs was charged Monday with gross misdemeanor indecent exposure.

Charles Alan Johnson, 66, was detained twice Sunday after police received reports of a naked man walking in downtown Port Angeles and near the Clallam County Fairgrounds.

At a Monday afternoon hearing, District Court Judge Rick Porter ordered that Johnson undergo a mental health evaluation at Peninsula Behavioral Health in Port Angeles.

Johnson was being held in the Clallam County jail later Monday without bail.

Port Angeles police first responded at 6:39 p.m. Sunday to a report of a completely naked man walking westbound on the sidewalk in the 600 block of East Front Street, unsure of “where he was, how he got there or where his clothes were,” Officer Kyle Cooper said in his report.

Johnson said he had just come from the hospital and was going back there, although he was walking in a direction away from Olympic Medical Center, Cooper said.

“None of the witnesses were offended, they were just concerned for his safety,” Cooper said.

Cooper gave Johnson a blanket and transported him for a mental health evaluation at OMC, which later released him, according to police.

Police Officer Sky Sexton said in his report that Johnson had been transported to the Serenity House night-by-night homeless shelter after being cleared at Olympic Medical Center but had left after 9 p.m.

“If an individual is brought in without any clothes, they are either given something from the donated clothes closet if we have appropriate sizes or they’re given disposable scrubs (shirt and pants),” hospital spokesman Jeff Anderson said in an email.

At about 10:28 p.m. Sunday, Cooper responded to a report in the 1500 block of West 16th Street of a nude man standing in the street and blocking traffic.

A witness said the man was walking up to children, according to Cooper’s report.

“Upon my arrival, Johnson was standing on the side of the road,” he said.

Johnson again said he wanted to go back to the hospital.

A 20-year-old man, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy said Johnson had been following them as they walked down the road and had come within 20 feet of them, police said.

The woman told Police Cpl. Sky Sexton that she was offended by seeing the man nude, prompting his arrest, Deputy Police Chief Jason Viada said.

Johnson was booked into the Clallam County jail on $10,000 bail.

Johnson was sentenced in Superior Court on April 19 to eight months in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree malicious mischief, receiving credit for 7½ months served.

He had put superglue on card readers and key pads of several ATMs in September 2017, according to court records.

A Western State Hospital mental health evaluation said Johnson warrants a diagnosis of bipolar disorder with psychotic features and a criminal history that includes 20 “convictions-adverse findings” from December 2002 to January 2011, including two felonies and nine gross misdemeanors.

Johnson had been on medication that he had refused to take, according to jail records.

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Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at [email protected] peninsuladailynews.com.

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