GILROY -- A group of restaurant patrons is being credited by Gilroy police for saving an infant from harm, after they rushed a naked man acting "violent and erratic" while carrying the tot, taking the child away and wrestling the man to the ground.

The incident happened around 10:20 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Monterey and Howson streets said police, who were called to the scene on reports of an odd-acting naked man walking around with an infant. But the restaurant customers, fearing for the child's safety, jumped into action. After getting the man to the ground, they held him there until officers arrived.

"Due to the awareness and quick reaction of citizens, the infant child was unharmed during the incident," police stated in a news release.

The man, identified as 42-year-old John Anthony Ruiz of Los Banos, developed unspecified medical complications while he was being restrained by police, and medical personnel were summoned to the scene. He was transported to a medical center for further treatment, and remains hospitalized, police said.

The 6-month-old boy's mother was questioned about the incident, and the child was first taken to a hospital for evaluation and later taken in by the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children Services.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Gilroy police at 408-846-0347. Anonymous tips can be submitted to 1-800-782-7463.

Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.



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