It was on May 6, when police report 41-year-old Hector Melero took off his clothes and ran naked past a group of tourists full of families and children.
We spoke with some visitors on Tuesday who were shocked about the act that was caught on camera.
“Oh my goodness, a visitor said from Denver. “The families are about to be scared. Those families will remember the Alamo.”
But Melero couldn’t run very far. Alamo Rangers, with the help from citizens, took him down.
“People like that have no respect for their country, and no respect for themselves,” one visitor told KENS 5.
Melero reportedly told police he was running around naked because a black man stole his wallet and tablet.
Texas General Land Office Director of Communication, Bryan Preston, said the incident occurred on Alamo Plaza, which is owned and managed by the city. But he said the state owns the Alamo itself.
“This incident points strongly toward the need to manage this sacred site, which the city and the state have committed to doing,” he said. “The Alamo is our precious heritage as Texans and it deserves to be treated respectfully. But all too often, we have protests and disrespectful incidents such as this.”
Melero is charged with disorderly conduct and exposure.
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