In a captivating viral video, George Owens, an Alabama man, fearlessly leaps into a massive fish tank at a Bass Pro Shop and proceeds to swim around.
According to Fox News, Owens was taken into custody following the incident that took place in Leeds, Alabama.
According to AL.com, Owens enthusiastically leaped into the aquarium with a cannonball jump, immersing himself in the water. He then positioned himself beneath a refreshing waterfall, enjoying its invigorating flow.
In a bizarre incident that seems to be a recurring trend, a man was recently caught on video swimming in a Bass Pro Shop tank in Bossier City, Louisiana. This isn’t the first time such an incident has occurred, as a similar incident took place in 2020. According to reports, a TikTok user named @WevinKise claimed responsibility for the act, stating that he did it solely to gain fame and attention.
The Video Shows George Owens Swimming in the Fish Tank as Officers Arrive at the Scene
According to a report from Fox News, the Leeds police have stated that Owens, who is 42 years old, is being accused of displaying erratic behavior before crashing his vehicle into a pole in the parking lot of the store. Following the collision, he allegedly entered the store and proceeded to jump into the aquarium.
According to Fox News, Owens’ family informed the police about his mental health issues. AL.com reports that the man underwent a mental health evaluation at a hospital before being taken into custody.
According to the St. Clair County jail booking sheet, Owens is a 42-year-old white male from Sterrett, Alabama. He was booked on January 4 and is currently being held for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
According to the booking sheet, his release date is stated as January 5th.
As Owens continued swimming in the fish tank, police officers promptly responded to the scene.
The Incident Occurred at the Leeds, Alabama, Bass Pro Shop
Naked man jumps in BPS fish tank and then falls out and knocks himself out. 😂😂😂
— Joshua Haskins 🤙🏼 (@TNBassMan10) January 6, 2024
According to CBS 42, the incident took place at the Leeds Bass Pro Shop on the evening of Thursday, January 4, 2023.
Leeds Police Chief Paul Irwin expressed his deep regret that individuals in need of treatment like this are not receiving the necessary help.
According to a report by CBS 42, Owens is facing several charges including public lewdness, disorderly conduct, assault in the second degree, resisting arrest, two counts of reckless endangerment, and two counts of criminal mischief.
According to the Associated Press, Owens allegedly left the aquarium, shouted at police officers, and then made a daring cannonball plunge back into the water.
According to AP, the incident took place in front of surprised shoppers in Leeds, which is situated in close proximity to Birmingham, Alabama.
According to the AP story, Owens spent approximately five minutes in the water before officers arrived at the scene. Eventually, he exited the fish tank and fell onto the concrete floor below, as reported by AP. AL.com noted that Owens seemed to have been knocked out by the fall.
The Bass Pro Shop in Leeds has extended its operating hours well into the evening, as stated on its website.
The latest update on the store’s Facebook page announces the exciting return of Santa Claus to Bass Pro Shops. The post invites families to join in the festivities at their nearest Bass Pro Shops location, as Santa arrives today to kick off the Christmas season. The store, known for its wide range of sporting goods, is proud to present Santa’s Wonderland for all to enjoy.
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