Thursday, December 14, 2017
Public safety

Man who streaked onto Tropicana Field is serial prankster

ST. PETERSBURG — As three security guards drag him away, the 19-year-old man in black tennis shoes and tight, dirt-streaked underwear smiles.

The crowd at Tropicana Field cheers.

Texas Rangers players in the dugout slap their knees, laughing.

It's just another misdemeanor charge for Charles Ross, an amateur daredevil from Bradenton. Another YouTube video in his series of law-defying antics.

Ross — whose prank segments under the name "Ross Creations" have collectively garnered 29 million YouTube views since 2008 — was arrested Monday after police said he stripped off his clothes, ran onto Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays played the Rangers and tried to steal second base.

He struggled against the guards who tackled him, St. Petersburg police said, "pulling his hands and arms away."

Ross could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

It's not the first time his hijinks have landed him in handcuffs.

A March YouTube video called "Jumping Over a Cop" shows him back-flipping over a deputy sitting on a park bench (and subsequently getting arrested.)

In January, he was accused of giving people wedgies outside a Bradenton movie theater — which, according to Florida law, is battery.

One YouTube commenter wrote on Ross' channel: "Where are your parents? Did you not get enough attention as a child?"

Ross now faces charges of trespassing, resisting a merchant and disorderly conduct. He was released Tuesday afternoon after a night in the Pinellas County Jail.

He's smiling in his mug shot.

 
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