As he waited at San Jose's Civic Center light rail stop for a train to take him back to Mountain View, Wo'O Ideafarm defended the actions that landed him in the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas for a 13-day stint.
Ideafarm, the local "location-less" man, who identifies himself as the "speaker of an unpopular message," was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and battery after he attempted to place a 62-year-old woman under citizen's arrest on Jan. 14.
A video of a portion of the conversation with Ideafarm is posted on the Voice's Facebook page.
He said he detained the woman after witnessing her attempting to take down his sign reading, "Queers are perverts," that was set up on a ladder near the corner of Charleston Road and Independence Avenue.
According to Ideafarm, he first told the woman to stay where she was, as he was placing her under citizen's arrest for vandalizing his sign, which earlier in the day had been taken down and thrown into some nearby bushes.
When the woman began to walk away, Ideafarm forced her to the ground and held her there for about 10 minutes, according to Liz Wylie, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department.
Wylie said police received a call just after 4 p.m., reporting that Ideafarm had a woman pinned on the ground. When police arrived, the woman was "hysterical."
"We did not accept his citizen's arrest," Wylie said. "There is nothing to indicate that she was the one who ripped up his sign."
Ideafarm claims he has video and still photographs, which prove the woman was about to dismantle his sign and that he was entirely in the right.
"The government is throwing everything they can at me," he said.
California law allows for citizen's arrests, Wylie said, and there are even allowances for physically restraining someone in such an arrest. However, Ideafarm made a miscalculation when he laid his hands on the victim. Wylie said that the charges Ideafarm now faces are likely the most serious he has yet faced in Mountain View.
False imprisonment, she said, can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor and in Ideafarm's case it is currently classified as a felony. The district attorney will decide how the case will ultimately be prosecuted, Wylie said.
"There are a lot of people who research law extensively and then they want to exert their right to all of those laws," Wylie said. "But they often don't understand all the nuances of those laws."
Ideafarm frequently carries a book on the First Amendment and has attempted to place others under citizen's arrest in the past. He fervently defends his right to free speech at every turn, even as he has been threatened with physical violence for the messages that appear on his signs.
Those messages, he has said, are meant to get the people of Mountain View, and eventually the greater United States, to live "unselfishly" and in harmony with one another. "I want to connect people wholesomely," he has said.
He aims to accomplish this by stirring a debate within the community about what he says are taboo topics, such as gay rights and immigration.
Wylie stopped short of saying that local media outlets ought to stop covering Ideafarm, but made a point of saying that said she believes he feeds off of seeing his name in the papers. Ideafarm frequently sends the Voice e-mails -- especially before he takes an action he believes will draw ire from the community and the attention of law enforcement. These e-mails have, at times, been written in the third person, and often read like a press release from a political organization.
On the day of his arrest, while he awaited transport from the Mountain View Police Station to jail, Ideafarm used his one phone call to notify a reporter with the Palo Alto Daily News.
Ideafarm bailed out on a $1,500 bond.
"I don't know where the $1,500 is going to come from," he said. "I'm unemployed."