Robert Burck was arrested Saturday on charges of resisting an officer without violence and aggressive panhandling

By Ashley Boucher
March 08, 2021 06:02 PM
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A famous Times Square performer was arrested a long way from home in Florida over the weekend.

Robert Burck, who is known as the "Naked Cowboy" for his schtick of playing guitar in boxer briefs, cowboy boots and a cowboy hat, was arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida, shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Burck, 50, was performing at the city's annual Bike Week event, a multi-day motorcycle event and rally that includes concerts, parties and motorcycle racing. Burck has been performing at the event for years, according to ClickOrlando.com.

According to online jail records, Burck was arrested Saturday on charges of resisting an officer without violence and aggressive panhandling.

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He was released from the Volusia County Jail on Sunday, ClickOrlando.com reported.

Burck had been taking photos with people "approximately 10 feet away from the front door of a commercially zoned property," an arrest report obtained by PEOPLE said, putting him in violation of Daytona Beach's panhandling ordinance.

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The ordinance was put into place in 2019 after an "increase in aggressive panhandling and begging" in the city became "disturbing and disruptive to residents and businesses."

The ordinance prohibits panhandling "within 20 feet in any direction from any entrance or exit of commercially zoned property."

"The defendant was only observed wearing a white in color underwear, and a multi-color straw hat during this incident, which caused crowds to form a circle around him, while panhandling," the arrest report says.

The report also says that Burck "refused" to follow an officer's orders "by pulling away" during the arrest.

Earlier on Saturday, a video had been posted to the Naked Cowboy Facebook page showing Burck in his outfit playing guitar on a sidewalk.

"Naked in Daytona!" the caption for the video read.

Reports of his arrest were shared on the Facebook page later on Saturday and on Sunday.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Burck said, "I've enjoyed Daytona Beach Bike Week yearly for over two decades. It's the perfect environment for a good old Americana Style Naked Cowboy performance."

"The new ordinance to curtail 'panhandling' exists now to keep impoverished people from begging people for money in front of their business establishments," he said. "When the Daytona Police included myself, Naked Cowboy, in that group of offenders, they grossly erred in their judgment. When they assaulted and treated me like a criminal with zero respect, they initiated damages."