'Wild Bill' Found Dead in Park Bushes Wednesday

The transient was well-known to residents and law enforcement.

A transient known locally as "Wild Bill" was found dead at 12:53 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the bushes of Hahamongna Park, confirmed Sgt. Debra Herman of the on Thursday night.

"We -- everyone at the station here - have had contact with him several times," Herman said.

"Wild Bill" is formally known as 54-year-old William Pluma Barrios, whose nickname stemmed from his love of the outdoors. He was frequently arrested for , which has led to many calls to the station. The park, which is right across the street from , was known as Barrios' most frequented area.

Barrios' cause of death is still not known, as the coroner's office is awaiting test results which could arrive in a few weeks, said Lt. Brian Elias of the county coroner's office. However, Elias added there is no suspicion of foul play in Barrios' death.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that William Barrios' nickname stemmed from his alleged drunk-in-public incidents. "Wild Bill'' stems from Barrios' love of the outdoors.

Donna Evans April 12, 2012 at 01:50 AM
So glad, Jack, that you shared your run-in with T.M. I gotta say, think it's really a testament to Bill's character that all this time after his death, y'all are still talking about him. Again, wish I'd met the man.
Chris Evans April 12, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Tyler, you really should have tempered your demeaning comments about BIll with the fact that you knew him, and considered him a friend. Regardless, you should have offered some sort of remorse for setting him up to be arrested .. "friends" don't let friends get locked up. Review what you first wrote, be objective, and understand that it was very mean spirited, and any 'hate' you feel from other readers was your own creation. That said, I give you credit for owning up to your mistake .. I hope you learn from it, and am sorry if you lost a good friend. Tell you what, do some random act of kindness in Bill's honor .. you'll be amazed at how good that will make you feel. Take care of yourself.
Tyler Stenzel April 12, 2012 at 07:14 PM
yeah it was mean spirited especially right after he died. whoops... I apologize again. that is a good idea, I will make up for my bad deed with a few good deeds, maybe something along the lines of helping out those in need. thanks
Chris Evans April 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM
You do that .. I'm 3,000 miles away, and I'd be proud of ya, both for doing something good, and from learning from a mistake .. peace, my young friend
TicTacToe January 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM
I always assumed the police beat him to death. The last time I saw him, he was sitting on the bus bench and I stopped to ask if he wanted a ride. I couldn't even understand what he said his face was so swollen from what looked plain to me like he had been beaten by more than a couple of people. Now I am thinking perhaps this little Tyler and some of his weenie comrades may know more than they say. I sure would like to see that kid homeless!


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