A Gainesville man was arrested Tuesday after putting a woman’s right foot in his mouth, Gainesville Police said.

At about 10:20 p.m., Hasmukhbhai Patel, 52, approached the unsuspecting woman as she smoked a cigarette outside her apartment, located in the 300 block of Southwest 16th Avenue, according to a police report.

Patel told the woman he wanted to pray for her — but soon began to rub her feet, according to the report. He then placed the five toes on her right foot inside his mouth.

The woman told police she tried to stand up and push Patel away, but he put both of his hands on her thighs to stop her, according to the report. She was eventually able to run away, head inside her apartment and lock the door.

Explaining the incident to police, she was hysterically crying, according to the report.

When Patel spoke to police, his story constantly changed, according to the report. At first, he told officers he only prayed for the woman. Then he said he may have touched her feet.

After that, he said he did touch the woman’s feet, but only after receiving her permission, according to the report. Eventually, he admitted to sucking on the woman’s toes — but only because she wanted him to.

Patel was charged with simple battery and taken to the Alachua County Jail, where he was released Wednesday on his own recognizance. As of press time, he could not be reached for comment.

Caitlin Ostroff is a journalism and political science senior and the Managing Editor, Online. Now in her sixth semester reporting for the Alligator, she's covered everything from Student Government to cops to features.