Florida man who fled the field in Super Bowl 55 charged with trespassing
A Florida man faced a misdemeanor charge after running onto the field at Raymond James Stadium during Super Bowl 55 on Sunday.
Yuri Andrade, 31, was arrested by the Hillsborough County Sheriff at approximately 9:50 pm. ET on Sunday and booked into the jail early Monday morning, according to the jail’s online records. A Boca Raton, Florida resident was released from prison shortly before 8am Monday after posting a $ 500 bond.
During the fourth quarter of the game, the defendant illegally jumped over a fence in the stands on the north side of the stadium and began to run across the field, police wrote in an arrest affidavit obtained by USA TODAY Sports. The defendant was remanded in custody on the field for breaking into the field.
When asked for comment on his arrest on Monday, Andrade told USA TODAY Sports that he expected to be arrested for running out onto the field. He was not immediately sure if he would challenge the trespassing charge. According to him, it was just a joke between friends. It wasn’t crazy, like I was trying to hurt someone.
Andrade’s stunt on the pitch seemed to be an attempt to draw attention to an X-rated website whose name was printed on the pink jumpsuit he wore as he ran out onto the pitch. He paused the game briefly before being grabbed by a guard.
Andrade, who calls himself an entrepreneur and influencer, said he does not work for the website in question, but called its founder, Vitaly Zdorovetsky, a friend. Andrade added that although he was not paid for the stunt, Zdorovetsky paid for the tickets to the game. From New York to Los Angeles, we cover all teams and all sports: sign up for our sports newsletter here.
The Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release on Monday that local authorities had arrested four fans during Sunday’s game, including Andrade, and kicked four others without criminal charges. There was also one unfounded bomb threat, which two law enforcement officials said is ongoing.
In total, authorities reported 18 arrests or exile in the 10-day period around the Super Bowl. There were no arrests for serious crimes. I can’t stress enough how much this means that all of our public safety families have come to our hometown to make this historic Super Bowl safe, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a statement. There are so many outdoor venues in our great city, and these partnerships have worked in so many different locations to keep everyone safe.