This wasn’t Deputy Sheriff Jacob Swalwell’s first encounter with Michael Myers, and the law enforcement agent had had enough. The homeless man had repeatedly been warned about begging for cash, after all. But here was Myers doing this exact thing in his same spot in Hayward, California. So Swalwell squared up to Myers once more, and this time he meant business. Yet after the sheriff’s deputy asked Myers a routine question, the panhandler gave a surprising answer – and it led both men on a quest to reveal the truth about Myers’ identity.
At first, though, Swalwell had come down hard on Myers. As the homeless man explained to San Francisco station KPIX in 2017, the official had told him in no uncertain terms, “You can’t be on this freeway anymore, and I’m going to write you a ticket.” There was something else that Myers had had to do, too.