Ranger tackles streaker at the Alamo in front of tourists


The surveillance video shows the shirtless, hefty man pushing a baby stroller loaded only with a large bag behind a group of tourists peering toward the Alamo as a guide talks expressively.

The camera follows the man as he walks toward a sheltered spot behind a trash can and under two trees and sits down to remove his shorts. And … suddenly, he’s off and running — and jiggling — still pushing the stroller, but wearing nothing but a necklace between his backwards baseball cap and shoes.

The man — identified as 41-year-old Hector Vincent Melero in a San Antonio Express-News story — had hardly made it back to the huddle of tourists before an Alamo Ranger comes charging out of the bottom left corner of the video. The ranger, in white cowboy hat, moves quickly past two girls taking a selfie before tackling the much larger man, ultimately pulling the naked guy to the ground on top of him.

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As the officer falls to the ground a passer-by runs in to help, then another and another until the naked man is subdued. Soon there’s four rangers, some holding a blue tarp as the man is dressed.

The incident happened about 9 p.m. on May 6, and officials were, understandably, unhappy about the disruption of the visitor experience on the hallowed grounds.

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Bryan Preston, director of communications at the Texas General Land office, told the Express-News: "While he's the only streaker I'm aware of, we've had a man in his underwear ride around on a stick pony and other unfortunate disrespectful incidents."


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