A 30-year-old man known to police as “Diaper Man” was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest after he was seen outside an elementary school wearing baby clothes, police said Tuesday.
James Darryl Ford, 30, who has been spotted in baby clothing at least seven other times since 1990 and who has been known to ask adults to “change” him, was standing outside George Key Elementary School on Golden Avenue about 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sgt. Jerry Zamora said.
The school principal called police. Campus officials had seen him near the school before but he has never been known to approach the children, investigators said.
When Ford saw a patrol car heading toward him, he got into his own car and drove away, Zamora said.
“Officers chased him to his house, which only was a couple of blocks away from the school,” Zamora said.
Ford was released on the misdemeanor citation of evading arrest, for which he was scheduled to appear in Municipal Court in Fullerton on Oct. 27, police said. No other charges were expected to be filed against him.
Complaints about Ford first were reported in Brea, investigators said. He was usually seen near a school or a day-care center where he would either say nothing or ask adults to change his diaper.