Naked Man Watering Lawn Arrested After Assaulting Kingsburg Officer

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A photo taken shortly after Lopez's arrest shows him with an exaggerated smile and Sharpie pen markings on his chest. (Photo Courtesy: Fresno County Sheriff's Department)

A photo taken shortly after Lopez’s arrest shows him with an exaggerated smile and Sharpie pen markings on his chest. (Photo Courtesy: Fresno County Sheriff’s Department)

KINGSBURG — A Kingsburg man was arrested at his house Wednesday for attacking an officer who found him completely naked while watering his lawn, Fresno County deputies say.

Fresno County deputies were called out to a home in the 400 block of 6th Street Drive where they located 37-year-old Robert Lopez watering his lawn in the nude. Lopez, who officials say has a history of hostility toward law enforcement, was drinking a beer when the authorities told him to put clothes on. He threatened to shoot the deputy after throwing a glass bottle at him but missed, and additional deputies were called in.

Lopez put on shorts and retreated into his house, but came back out with an eight-inch knife and walked toward the deputy. Lopez dropped the knife after being asked repeatedly to do so, but picked it back up and threw it at the deputy, missing and hitting a fence instead.

The suspect’s continued assault was stopped after an assisting deputy shot him in the stomach with a bean bag round, dropping him to the ground. He was booked into Fresno County Jail after being evaluated at a hospital.

Lopez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, resisting arrest, and indecent exposure.

Tyler Heberle filed this report.