JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Authorities in Yellowstone National Park released more information about the man seen in a video online approaching Old Faithful and possibly peeing into the cone of the geyser.
Gabriel Villalva, 27, of Greeley, Colorado was charged with four counts filed today in US District Court in Yellowstone NP. Villalva was cited for disorderly conduct, walking off-trail in a thermal area, and two counts of interfering with agency function.
Court documents indicate Villalva was noncompliant during his arrest in a parking lot near Old Faithful. He reportedly refused to cooperate with the arrest rangers, instead singing and smoking a cigarette in defiance until threatened with tasing.
A second video has surfaced since Villalva’s court appearance today showing a man who very much appears to be Villalva pulling the same stunt at Beryl Spring, one of Yellowstone’s hottest springs.
Kelly Kosciuk, of Savannah, Georgia, shared her video with ABC FOX Montanaof a man looking like Villalva who sits down at the edge of the spring, removes his socks and shoes, and dips his toe in the boiling water.
Yellowstone officials say they have just been made aware of that video and have yet to decide whether to tack on additional charges.
It’s not Yellowstone’s first encounter with a bad behaver this summer season. Raymond Reinke earned himself 130 days after his matador routine with a bison went video viral.
Like Reinke, Villalva also has an extensive arrest record. According to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, Villalva was most recently booked into the county jail two weeks ago on September 4 for Criminal Trespass and Disorderly Conduct. He was arrested on the same two charges on October 10, 2016. He was also arrested on May 26, 2018—again for Disorderly Conduct.
Villalva was extradited back to the Ward County Jail where he awaits trial in Yellowstone on November 8, 2018.
Ashley Lemanski’s video post that put Gabriel Villalva in hot water.
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