Police detain naked man on downtown street

Chen Huizhi
Police say man who posed naked after drinking at a bar with friends was neither mentally ill nor had taken drugs and could now face criminal charges for indecent behavior.
Chen Huizhi
Police detain naked man on downtown street

A picture taken by a passer-by of the naked man.

A man who posed naked in a downtown Shanghai street has been detained, police said on Friday.

The incident took place on the early morning of June 2 at the intersection of Yan’an Road M. and Fumin Road in Jing’an District.

The man surnamed Xu climbed onto a road sign and posed for curious passers-by. Pictures and videos posted online went viral the same day.

Xu, 25 years old, had been drinking with friends at a bar earlier that night, police said.

He wasn’t mentally ill and hadn’t taken drugs, they said. 

Xu could face criminal charges for his indecent behavior, police said.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old man surnamed Li has been detained for five days for faking a picture of a police officer taking a photograph at the naked man.

In the original picture, the police officer was taking a picture of the road sign onto which Xu climbed for evidence after Xu had been taken away by the police, they said.

Police detain naked man on downtown street

The fake picture (left) and the original on the right.

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