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In between back flips and splits, naked man assaults passengers at train station

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By Faith Karimi and Dave Alsup

Editor's note: The video contains graphic content

(CNN) -- The video is bizarre by any standards.

In it, a glistening man with a wild head of hair turns fare gates into balance beams at a San Francisco subway station, stretching and doing back flips buck-naked.

Commuters flee for dear life as he dashes across the station, attacking people at random. Whimpering, they run for cover in a station agent's booth.

The incident took place at a BART station in May -- but the cellphone-shot footage was posted online Tuesday.

And as such videos go, it went viral -- quick.

"It happened over a month ago," said Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for the Bay Area Rapid Transit, which operates the route . "This is the first time anyone has seen video."

It took seven minutes for police to arrive after a station agent called for help, she said.

"Police, hurry up and get here, please," a woman is heard muttering in the video as the man runs amok.

Authorities arrested the man, 24-year-old Yeiner Perez, for attacking a passenger and a transit employee, and took him to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

After that he was released.

Police charged him with misdemeanor battery.

Also, Trost added, "We're requesting an order from the district attorney to keep him off BART property."

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