Arizona Man Arrested After Baptizing Himself Naked in Church Fountain

Not the actual guy, duh

A woman reported seeing the 20-year-old man and called police at 2:42 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at One Life Church in Mesa, police said in a probable cause statement. She asked the man to leave the property multiple times but he wouldn’t, authorities said.

At one point, the man grabbed a blanket and went to another part of the church’s property, police said. Police found the man naked with the blanket, and he said he was in the fountain “baptizing himself.” He was initially arrested on charges of indecent exposure and criminal trespassing.

But as he was being booked into a holding facility, he struck a detention officer in the head and also hit the arresting officer, police said. He now faces additional charges of aggravated assault of an officer, aggravated assault of a correctional officer and resisting arrest using physical force.


Once taken to the Mesa jail Sykes reportedly threw his sock at one of the detention officers, and as that officer approached him, he reportedly threw a punch, hitting the officer in the head. Another officer was also struck while trying to intervene. Ultimately, authorities were able to restrain Sykes. The officer hit in the first punch was taken to the hospital due to a cut near his eyebrow. After having his Miranda rights read again for the additional charges, Sykes refused to answer any questions.

A booking photo for Sykes was not immediately available. Court records state that Sykes has prior arrests for first-degree criminal trespassing, aggravated assault on a correctional officer, and criminal damage. Sykes was deemed non-bailable due to his prior felony warrants.


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