Derek Baum Claimed He Was Seminole Indian, Gets Arrested For Refusing To Leave Hospital | January 5
Villages: A judge has ordered a competency evaluation for a Villages couple’s son arrested last year at a town square in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. Derek Baum, 46, who had been living with his parents on Pompano Lane in the Village of Silver Lake, has been lodged since November at the Lake County Jail.
A judge has ordered a competency evaluation for Baum, who has exhibited bizarre behavior over the past two years.
On Aug. 13 Baum had been issued a notice to appear on a trespassing charge after he refused to leave Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream at Spanish Springs Town Square. The owner of the shop said Baum had been hanging around his store for several days, according to an incident report from the Lady Lake Police Department. He said Baum appeared to be homeless and had a “strong odor of feces.”
Baum told police his mother “recently kicked him out of his residence and he wasn’t allowed to return.” He said he had been sleeping at Spanish Springs for about a week because he did not have any place to go.
He did not show up for a mandatory court date and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He had been arrested April 1 after claiming to be a Seminole Indian and refusing to leave The Villages Regional Hospital. Baum, who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 315 pounds, said he “owned” the land and could not be evicted from it.
Several times, he was offered the chance to get in a taxi and leave the premises. After refusing Derek Baum was arrested on a charge of trespassing.
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