Suspect arrested after jogger threw homeless man's belongings in lake

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

An Oakland, California man dubbed "Jogger Joe" online was caught on camera throwing a homeless man's belongings into a lake and has now been arrested.

The video of a white man throwing a homeless black man's belongings in the lake went viral.

"I'm not going to harp over items that were thrown in the water", he said in an interview on Tuesday afternoon, seated in the spot at Lake Merritt where Sintay had rifled through his things days earlier.

In the original video, Sintay ignored the pleas of other parkgoers telling him not to disturb the homeless man's belongings.

"We're all very concerned about an individual who presumably wanted to take it upon himself to disturb or dismantle a person camping in our public space and that's just totally unacceptable", Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette McElhaney said.

Harris' video shows the shirtless jogger bending over to gather armfuls of a homeless man's belongings while a woman tells him to stop.

Kenzie Smith, who was one of the black men barbecuing when the police were called, set up a crowd-funding campaign for the homeless man whose possessions were discarded.

Harris posted the video on social media where some people supported and praised the jogger while others were critical of his actions. She and "Jogger Joe" get into a heated exchange.

"I'm picking up trash, what do you want me to do?" the jogger tells onlookers. The case was filed after the 30-year-old was captured in another video returning to the park on Saturday and arguing with a group of people before he allegedly grabbed the phone of someone filming him and ran off. In the encounter, caught on video, the man says he "cleaned up" the homeless camp the night before and claims he's removing some items that "fell in" the lake because he doesn't want to pollute it. Harris wrote. He used the hashtag #JoggerJoe and the nickname caught on.

In the second video a day later, it was unclear why exactly Sintay had returned.

He said he has been checking in on the homeless man "every day".

Nelson asked Sintay about what happened. Sintay stepped forward, offering his hand as if expecting Nelson to shake it, then snatched his cell phone.

"Hey! Are you out of your mind?" Nelson said Henry assaulted him after realizing he was being recorded, the scuffle leaving him with a minor concussion and a few bruises.

Sintay is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on $100,000 bail.

The homeless man whose belongings were thrown around by Sintay has been identified as Greg Markson.

Markson came back to find his encampment destroyed, the station reported, but supporters dropped off new blankets and clothing for him over the weekend.

Markson, who also goes by the name Drew or Jru, has long spent time at this section of the popular Bay Area park, near the site of another recent video that sparked national outrage.

A woman named Cari Geldreich says she offered to bring Markson's blankets to a laundromat for him, the paper reports.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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