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Known prankster jailed after 'streaker' interrupts Rays game


Published:   |   Updated: September 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

A tighty-whitey underwear “streaker” who jumped onto the field and interrupted the Tampa Bay Rays game Monday night spent the night in the Pinellas County Jail, authorities said.

And it's not the first time underwear has gotten him in trouble with law enforcement.

Charles T. Ross, 19, of Bradenton, the man arrested at Tropicana Field, was also arrested in January after authorities said he gave wedgies to strangers at a Bradenton movie theater.

In fact, Ross has a website filled with videos of him pulling pranks, which included hugging strangers in public, doing handstands over people sunbathing at the beach and resting his head on a stranger's shoulder.

This brief shenanigan was in a slightly larger arena — a Major League Baseball game at Tropicana Field.

Just before the fifth inning of the Rays' game against the Texas Rangers, fans saw a man strip to his skivvies, do a flip over the visitors' dugout and try to literally steal second base before security personnel tackled him.

And from there, the sparse crowd of 10,724 was made one fewer.

Ross, of 916 65th St. N.W., Bradenton, was booked by St. Petersburg police at 9:53 p.m. on charges of resisting a merchant, trespassing and disorderly conduct. He was released at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday after time served. No bail was involved.

The Rays' television audience caught a glimpse of Ross as he passed in front of Texas manager Ron Washington. But as is usually the case when fans interrupt sports events, the broadcast moved on to discussions of team schedules, ignoring Ross and the reaction of fans and players.

However, social media had no qualms about showing the quasi-flashing, with photos and videos tweeted and retweeted by many, including Jaime Edmondson, wife of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

After Ross' January arrest at the Bradenton theater, he told The Tampa Tribune, “I get the cops called on a lot of the pranks that I do. I wasn't surprised to, like, see them and stuff. And doing what I do, I kind of, like, expect things can happen.”

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