Jamal Maurice Johnson, the man Gov. Jerry Brown held out last month as an example of how crime has affected him personally, sat alone in a Sacramento courtroom Thursday, wearing dress slacks and a sweater.
Brown mentioned in a speech to crime victims in April that a man had been arrested "trying to break in" to the Sacramento building where he rents a loft.
"Luckily, I wasn't home," Brown said, and within hours Johnson hit the news.
Johnson, 26, was scheduled Thursday to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges of unlawful entry and prowling, but prosecutors said they needed more time to review the file.
Leaving court, Johnson said he was addled and sleep deprived and had been "running for three days" when police arrested him.
"I thought people were chasing me," Johnson said. "I was hearing things that weren't there."
Johnson, who works as a restaurant server, said he lives in Los Gatos and had no idea Brown lived in the building where he was arrested. He said he was neither drunk nor high but acting erratically, a state-of-mind he said he could illustrate with a story about how he managed to get up onto the building.
Johnson was about to tell that story when a public defender introduced herself to him and advised him not to talk publicly about the case.
The Sacramento Police Department this month denied a public records request for the agency's report on the incident, saying it is a confidential record. Johnson is scheduled to return to court in June.
PHOTO CREDIT: Gov. Jerry Brown talks to members of the press after speaking at a rally for crime victims in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee