Authorities have detained an Australian citizen on vacation in Bali for disorderly behavior. The man was bought into the custody of the Badung Regency Civil Service Police Unit on Monday, 17th October, at around 4 pm.
The man, whose name has not been made public, is believed to be a boxer. Despite his erratic behavior in the streets of Legian, police have confirmed that he is being cooperative. The incident occurred in broad daylight, and many passersby found themselves doing a double-take as he paraded in the road. Police were alerted to the man’s disorderly conduct by local residents who spotted him pretending to fight cars driving down Jalan Raya Legian, close to the Paradiso Hotel.
Not only was he shadowboxing and blocking the flow of traffic, he later lay down in the road and appeared to throw a tantrum. He danced and skipped about in the street, causing local people to become concerned not only for his welfare but public safety. In a viral video, he can be seen pumping the bonnet of a black car. Police have suggested that the man is suffering from a mental health disorder and required compassionate care. He has been taken to the hospital for observations.
The man was wearing all-white with lime-green sneakers and sported a cross-body bag. He is tall, well-built, and bald. The Head of Badung’s Satpol PP, I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara, confirmed to reporters on Tuesday, 18th October, that the man remains under supervision. He explained, ‘When the community reports came in, there was a team patrolling around there. That’s why it was immediately handled and secured him’.
Suryanegara continued, ‘Foreigners are cooperative. When checked, all were answered by the person concerned. At the office, there were no signs of resistance at all’. When officers detained him, he was joined by another woman. It is not been confirmed whether she is his partner, friend, or concerned citizen. She joined him at the Saptol PP offices.
According to Suryanegara, the man was in good spirits while he was questioned at the offices in Kuta. He even asked the officers for a group selfie. Suryanegara explained that there were no further issues after he was bought into custody. ‘We evacuated to the hospital for further examination. We will also coordinate with relevant agencies such as Immigration’.
When asked whether any action would be taken against the man from an immigration perspective, the Head of Information at Ngurah Rai Immigration, I Putu Suhendra, told reporters, ‘There are no reports yet. Probably because the treatment is still being carried out at the hospital’. It remains unclear whether the Immigration Department will press charges for disorderly behavior.
This is not the first case of disorderly behavior from a tourist to hit the headlines in recent weeks. Last week a video went viral on local social media of an Australian citizen burning tire marks into a road in Seminyak. The young man is wearing a Burberry t-shirt and white sneakers in the video. He jokes to the person recording the video, ‘what happens in Bali stays in Bali’ as he balds the tires on the moped he is believed to be renting from a local provider.
The viral video was met with outrage from local people in Bali, as well as international residents and tourists. Many have called for his deportation and for immigration to track him down. Comments on the video included ‘Why do you behave like this? Can you just be normal? Do you think the rent-owner ok with this stunt?’. Another joked, ‘Not even Australians want this guy back. A week has passed, and no further action has been reported by the police about the incident.
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