Mayor Josh Cohen called police Tuesday about a man—with his pants around his ankles—who was urinating off the third floor of the Noah Hillman Garage.
"I'm walking out of City Hall at quarter of 4 and I look up and one deck up, I see this guy with his pants down around his ankles just peeing off the deck into the mulch bed below," Cohen said.
He called out to the guy, who police identified as Richard Vermillion, 68, of Annapolis, to ask what he was doing. Cohen said Vermillion was cavalier in his response, saying he was just "following the call of the wild."
Cohen said when he told Vermillion that the city had public restrooms downstairs, Vermillion responded by cursing at him before getting into a white Cadillac.
Rather than let him get away, the mayor called the Annapolis Police Department and asked the parking attendant to keep the exit arm down until officers arrived.
Vermillion denied urinating in public, and the responding officer reported that Vermillion said, "If I had to follow the call of the wild, I would tell you."
Police cited Vermillion for urinating in public.
"If he had shown any sense that it was inappropriate and that maybe he couldn't hold it or didn't know there were restrooms downstairs, I might have let it go," Cohen said. "In the big scheme of things there are a lot worse crimes than urinating in public ... but next to City Hall in plain daylight, it's not cool."