A man who was evading police after committing two thefts in downtown Oakland on Wednesday jumped into Lake Merritt and swam from one side to the other, emerging naked to waiting police, authorities said.
Dommanic Ingerson, 26, of San Leandro, was arrested on suspicion of grand theft and suspicion of robbery. When he went into the water, he reportedly was wearing black shorts or trunks, but when he came out of the water he was naked, police said.
Police said that between 2:22 and 2:44 p.m. Wednesday, he stole one woman’s jacket in Jack London Square and another woman’s purse at Broadway and Eighth Street. Neither woman was injured.
Not the end of the story, not even close.
He was chased for a time by the Oakland security ambassadors, a group of people who for nearly a year have been working with Oakland police to thwart crime in the Broadway corridor, Uptown and western Lake Merritt areas.
Police said Ingerson jumped into the lake behind the Camron-Stanford House, a historic Victorian in the 1400 block of Lakeside Drive, about 3 p.m. and swam about 400 yards to the 1400 block of Lakeshore Avenue in about 35 minutes. Out of the water, he was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital for observation.
The incident drew a large crowd to the lake. About 100 people watched the incident unfold, and one witness said the man was shivering when he got out of the water.
James Vann, with the Coalition of Advocates for Lake Merritt, estimated the water to be between 48 and 52 degrees.
Ingerson was once a highly touted high school hoops prospect, signing with Michigan in 2001. The Univ. of Michigan student paper published this profile of him later that year. Excerpt:
But Amaker said he was disappointed with Ingerson’s play at the end of the Michigan State game, when even though the game was out of reach, Ingerson’s body language and lack of effort was “disturbing.” Amaker wants to build a program, and how players carry themselves matters a lot.
The OAKLAND TRIBUNE has a little more background on Ingerson’s current situation, noting, “Police and those who knew him said Ingerson has had some drug and psychiatric problems.”
That and he’s apparently gearing up for an audition for Escape from Alcatraz 2.