A man who goes by the name “Munk” or “Mule” – after his beloved pack mules – had his criss-crossing sojourn across the state cut short Wednesday when he was arrested and taken into custody by highway patrol officers in Castro Valley.
Mule was booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on charges of trespass and obstructing an officer. His bail was set at $10,000.
Mule, whose given name is John Sears, was apparently settling in for the night with his lone mule “Little Girl” when he ran afoul of the law. He was arrested and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on charges of trespass and obstructing as friends and supporters scrambled to recover his mule.
Bail was set at $10,000.
For the last several years Sears has been relying on available open space and the generosity of supporters to wander the state, drawing attention to over-development and loss of lands for public use. He sleeps in the open and his mules, currently down to just the faithful Little Girl, carry everything they own.
Sears passed through Lamorinda and the Tri-Valley earlier in the week and was apparently headed west at the time of his arrest.