Spent a night on the popular Times Square entertainment show “Naked Cowboy” In prison Florida, after being arrested on charges of aggressively begging and resisting an officer. The artist, whose real name is Robert Burke, was at Daytona Beach for the “Bike Week” event, which is an annual motorcycle rally that generally attracts hundreds of thousands of people.
After his arrest, Burke told the judge he had been going to Bike Week for more than two decades WOFL-TV report. Burke explained that his act simply included playing the guitar in his underwear and that he was not openly asking anyone for money while performing.
The “naked cowboy” was eventually charged with a felony and ordered to pay a fine. He and his Mexican wife were called the Naked Gag Girl.
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Burke confronted an officer and police said his guitar was damaged
Burke performed on Main Street at Daytona Beach on Saturday, March 6th. He posted a video of his performance on his post Official Facebook page Same day.
Daytona Beach Police officers arrested Burke around 4 p.m. According to the available indictment Website From the court’s Volusia County Clark, officers noticed Burke “had a multi-colored guitar” tied to his chest and was taking pictures with fans.
Some in the audience “put US money into the guitar’s central sound hole in the Main Street / S Fern LN area, about 10 feet from the front door of a property, which is commercially viable,” officials said.
The report says Burke was arrested for the crime of begging. He was also charged with refusing to follow an officer’s order and resisting when an officer tried to move him against patrol. “The guitar headstock broke during this incident,” the report says. A witness recorded and shared Images on YouTube.
Burke was accused of begging when he was too close to a business, which would violate city orders
Burke was initially accused of begging and resisting an officer without violence, which was a misdemeanor.
Derived from the offense of aggression beggar A city command Daytona Beach, which came into effect in February 2019. The order specifies areas where beggars cannot ask for money, i.e. within 20 feet of a commercial property such as a retail store.
The order also applies to ATMs, public transport facilities, outdoor dining areas and public restrooms operated by government agencies.
You can be accused of “aggressive begging” if you approach or talk to a person and solicit, solicit, or beg for money or valuable property in order to convince a reasonable person that a person is physically threatening you. Injury. A crime will be committed immediately or against them by someone in their company or the property they own ”.
But as Burke explained, his action did not involve people asking for donations, although fans are known to pay him. In a statement People After his arrest, Burke described the nature of his arrests as a flaw in the authorities’ verdict:
“I have been enjoying Daytona Beach Bike Week every year for over two decades. This is the perfect setting for a good American style nude cowboy performance. ” People.
“The New command It is now time to restrict “begging” to prevent poor people from begging for money in front of businesses. When the Daytona police added me, the naked cowboy, to the group of criminals, they made a serious mistake in their verdict. When they attacked me and treated me like a criminal without respect, they started with damage, ”said the artist.
Burke spent one night behind bars and was ordered to pay a fine of 3,223.
Burke was reportedly enrolled in a Volusia County correctional facility on March 6th. Prisoner records. According to records found on the Circuit Court’s website at the Volusia County Clerk, Burke spent one night. Behind the wires, Before being released on March 7 at 11:15 p.m.
The court record shows that the aggression begging charge was dismissed. According to WOFL-TVBurke told the judge that there was a misunderstanding because he “did not ask for money.” I play guitar, people take photos, sometimes they put money in it. “
Burke did not object to the false accusation of confronting an officer without violence. The court document shows Burke was ordered to pay a $ 223 fine. The report also states that the verdict of the accused has been suspended, which means that Judge Burke has not been properly punished on the charge.