by: Tom Jones Updated:
ATLANTA - Passengers say they saw a naked man at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport for 20 minutes or more before Atlanta police arrived. Officers say they got to him as fast as they could.
Police arrested and charged 23-year-old Derrick Weems after he was caught on video in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport without any clothes.
Channel 2’s Tom Jones received some new video of the incident Friday, and the man who shot it told Jones he thought his eyes were deceiving him, and he also had some concerns.
Gregory Evans says there was no panic and Delta Gate agents didn’t seem bothered of the incident. He says it not only took police too long to get Weems, he says once they got there, they didn’t move passengers away from the area.
"They were acting like there was no naked guy standing 10 feet away from them. Like they go through this all the time," he said via Skpe.
As Evans got to Delta Gate 21 for his flight to Los Angeles Thursday morning, he saw Weems standing near the gate nude and acting like nothing was out of the ordinary.
Evans told Jones that Delta agents were going about their business as if the naked man wasn’t there.
“I was like, ‘Am I the only person who sees this guy standing there?’” Evans said.
He said police eventually arrived and used a taser to subdue Weems after he started jumping, flapping his arms and screaming.
Atlanta police say that's not true. A spokesman sent a computer aided dispatch log called CADS. It shows police got the call at 6:40, and the first officer arrived at 6:47.
The spokesperson told Jones six officers had the situation under control, so there was no need to move anyone away.
Officers say no one was injured and this incident was resolved without much interruption.
Weems was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation and was later released.
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