Woman Strips Naked In Downtown L.A. Following Lengthy Police Pursuit
A potentially mentally ill woman was arrested Friday night after stripping naked in downtown Los Angeles following a wild two-county long police pursuit around southern California, according to KTLA.
The saga began sometime around 10:30 p.m. in Pasadena, when police responded to a 9-1-1 call from the woman’s parents for assault with a deadly weapon. Before her parents called Pasadena police, 32-year-old Simone Gonzalez allegedly attempted to run both of them over with a car. KABC reports that Gonzalez also hurled a brick through a window at her parents’ house, and rammed ‘a few’ of the cars parked on the property.
Police responded and discovered a “verbal altercation” situation at the Pasadena home. Gonzalez fled briefly in the family’s SUV, but returned to the house shorty thereafter. Pasadena Police officers spotted the SUV near the house and began to pursue.
According to Pasadena Police Lt. Vasken Gourdikan, Gonzalez got on the 134 Freeway, drove it until the road turns into the 101 through the San Fernando Valley, and then continued all the way to Thousand Oaks, in Ventura County. Gonzalez turned north along Route 23, eventually working her way back to downtown Los Angeles from Simi Valley.
Gourdikan explained police called off the chase on the 101 Freeway since they had a named suspect.
Gonzalez was eventually spotted in downtown Los Angeles around 12:30 a.m., trying to get inside a bar close to the intersection of 3rd and Main streets. LAPD officers responded and attempted to take Gonzalez into custody, though by the time police arrived she had begun removing her clothing.
Though police called off the chase, stringers followed Gonzalez into downtown. Their cameras were rolling as she stripped, capturing a disjointed monologue.
Asked why she was running from police, Gonzalez replied that she was the police.
"Ran from what? Ran where, sir? I am a trained policeman...You are a legal a slave trader. I am with the police everywhere," she said.
Her parents mentioned to KABC that Gonzalez has a history of mental illness. Pasadena Police eventually arrested her for assault with a deadly weapon, reckless driving, felony evading, and felony vandalism.