“Unknown Santa” Arrested Tuesday NightDecember 24th, 2008 by Joe Burgess
Tuesday evening, around 6-7 p.m. at Wal-Mart, security officers asked a young adult male to leave the premises.
During the incident, which took place mainly outside of the building, Larry Pagan, recognized to some as the recent “Unknown Santa” became involved, and after a lengthy conversation, in which he was asked to stay out of, was arrested by Monticello Police, and charged with disorderly conduct, and interfering with governmental operations.
The security members at the time were an off-duty police officer and a sheriff’s deputy.
No charges were filed against the younger man.
The “Unknown Santa” spoke to MonticelloLive.com this morning, and said, “I want to apologize to the people whoÂ saw what happened lastÂ night.Â Â I didn’tÂ intend to interfere with the police.Â I was only trying to help a young man, who is a friend of my son.”
Pagan bonded out upon arrival atÂ CDF.Â
Tuesday night’s events will not interfere with Santa’s Christmas Eve travels, since this was only one of “Santa’s Helpers.”
The “Unknown Santa” told MonticelloLive.com that he will be in Monticello today, “since Christmas must go on.”
The story below posted on December 18, 2008
UPDATE—”Unknown Santa” Tells Explains Wednesday’s Giving
MonticelloLive has been in contact with the “Un-known Santa”.Â He wishes to remain anonymous, and I’ll certainly repect his wishes.
The Un-knownÂ SantaÂ wants to shareÂ the reason for his generousÂ gifts.,Â Here’s what he said.
People in this world need to know that thereÂ are still good in people.
The things I did was because the Lord has blessed me, and I wanted to give it forward and let people know that the true meaning of Christmas. It’s not what you recieve, but the love in giving.
God gave us the best gift of all, it is Jesus (not “was Jesus”, but “is and will always be Jesus”).
May everyone have a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
An anonymous Santa Claus was at the Monticello Wal-Mart around 6 o’clock Wednesday evening, and showed a great example of the spirit of giving.
The un-named gentleman was waiting at the end of a check out register, and when an estimated 10-15 random customers receipts were rang up, paid for their items.
During a MonticelloLive interview, one fortunate lady said, “as i was loading my bags into my buggy, he came up to me and asked, ‘do you believe in Santa Clause’, thinking children may be around I replied, ‘I believe in the spirit of giving’.
She continued, “he reached to the cashier and paid my bill.” As he was leaving she asked him, “are you from Monticello?”, and he just smiled and waived as he left the store.
“Santa” did not draw any attention to himself, and told a bystander, “It’s Christmas.”Â
HeÂ proudly displayed an American Flag on his jacket, as he repeated the event for a couple of customers at register 3, before moving to another register.Â Â It’s estimated that total purchases totaled approximately $1,000.Â Two purchases were over $100, and another was over $200.