You don't hear a story like this everyday.

A naked man was seen untying ropes from a barge near the I-74 bridge construction in Bettendorf Sunday night, according to a story.

Eyewitnesses said the naked the man was walking along the barge around 7:50 p.m. when he started untying ropes and gesturing in a diving motion with his hands.

Witnesses walking along the river spotted the man and originally thought he was shirtless before discovering he wasn't wearing any clothes.
Scott County Iowa/Tobias Tyrone Hartsfield
Scott County Iowa/Tobias Tyrone Hartsfield

The man was untying ropes along the barge and pushing them into the river. He was also engaged in a "ritual-looking thing" with his hands, the witnesses said.

Witnesses called police who apprehended the man aboard the barge. He appeared to be in his early 30s, according to eyewitnesses.

The man arrested has been identified as Tobias Hartsfield, 43, of Bettendorf. He faces charges of first-degree theft and first- and second-degree criminal mischief.

Eyewitness video appeared to show the suspect was a tall man. His motive is under investigation.


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