A homeless woman was jailed Monday morning after Ocala Police officers received reports about a woman walking at a busy intersection with nothing on but a pair of sneakers.
While responding to the intersection of E. Fort King Street and S.E. 12th Terrace, officers were notified by dispatchers that they were receiving additional calls about the naked woman, later identified as 33-year-old Irma Delarosa, crossing over State Road 40 and walking near the busy intersection, a report states.
Upon turning onto SE 12th Terrace from E. Fort King Street, officers were flagged down by a person who pointed them toward Delarosa. The officers then saw her wearing no clothes and walking south on SE 12th Terrace in a residential area. A previous caller reported that Delarosa had been naked when she walked between churches, the report says.
Officers made contact with Delarosa and placed a blue plastic garment over her body to “cover her private parts.” She told officers she was walking naked because she was hot and was trying to cool off. She said she was coming from the area near the Salvation Army and “felt fine.” Officers noted that she “was able to have a coherent conversation and did not appear to be impaired,” the report says.
Delarosa also told officers that she hadn’t use any illegal narcotics and hadn’t had anything to eat or drink other than a small amount of beer earlier that morning. She was able to tell officers what day it was, the name of the president, the city she was in and the year, “Indicating she was of sound mind and body at the time of the contact.”
Paramedics from Ocala Fire Rescue responded to the scene to evaluate Delarosa. She denied any further treatment and refused to go to a hospital after also admitting that she hadn’t taken her medication “in some time.”
An officer who was at the scene said he had been in contact with Delarosa a few days earlier and he was advised that she hadn’t taken her medication in approximately two years. She later told officers that she hadn’t taken the medication in about three weeks, the report says.
Delarosa, who is homeless, was arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with exposure of sexual organs. She was released Tuesday night on her own recognizance and is due in court July 14 at 8:30 a.m.