A man believed to have stolen a Henrietta boy’s bicycle while nude on Thursday was arrested Friday morning on Hwy. 148, three miles north of town.
Laconia Dejuane Taylor, 36, of Odessa, was taken into custody at 9:46 a.m. by Clay County deputies responding to a suspicious person call at the intersection of Hwy. 148 North and Hohenstein Road. Taylor is charged with public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor.
At the time of his arrest, Taylor was walking in traffic with no clothing except for a black jacket around his waist.
Sheriff Kenny Lemons said deputies first made contact with Taylor on Wednesday, and took the man to Clay County Memorial Hospital for a medical condition. Lemons said that on Thursday morning Taylor left the hospital, and the CCSO began receiving calls about a naked man on the streets of Henrietta.
At about 10 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a call about a naked man riding a bicycle stolen from a residence on Lucille St. Deputies located the man in the northeastern part of town, at which point the man fled on foot. State troopers and a Texas Ranger joined the search as law enforcement chased the man through an area of town near the rodeo grounds and into an adjacent pasture before losing him in a mesquite thicket.
According to an arrest report, Taylor had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and had difficulty maintaining balance when deputies took him into custody Friday. He said he had not had anything to drink in a day. When Clay County EMTs arrived on scene, Davis refused medical treatment. He was given water for hydration.
Lemons said Taylor is a transient, and his family has been searching for him for some time. The sheriff’s office contacted family members in the Fort Worth area and made arrangement for his release.