Columbus police: Naked man flags down officer

A naked man who flagged down an officer while standing in the middle of Second Avenue early Tuesday was later arrested on charges of public indecency, police said.

Jamal Murray, 35, remained in jail this morning pending his Columbus Recorder’s Court hearing, records state.

According to police, Murray was naked and standing in the middle of Second Avenue when he flagged down an officer at 12:45 a.m. The officer put Murray in the back of his patrol car and drove to an empty parking lot, where he asked why Murray was naked.

Murray told the officer that someone was trying to kill him and then led him to a Fourth Avenue home, where he was when the alleged attempt on his life happened, police said.

Reports state the officer spoke with the homeowner, who said Murray told her he hadn’t slept for four days.

Police found Murray’s car parked across the street. When the officer checked police records for Murray’s name, he found his license was suspended, reports state.

Police say the officer smelled marijuana, which led to a search of Murray’s car. Inside the trunk, police found a large amount of cash. Reports list no drugs were found.

Murray was charged with disorderly conduct, public indecency, driving while license suspended, no proof of insurance and pedestrian in the roadway, police said.