Armless Florida Artist Accused of Stabbing Chicago Man With Scissors Using Feet - NBC Chicago

Armless Florida Artist Accused of Stabbing Chicago Man With Scissors Using Feet

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    Armless Florida Artist Accused of Stabbing Chicago Man

    A homeless Florida artist was charged Tuesday with using his feet to stab a Chicago man with a pair of scisorrs, authorities said. Dick Johnson reports. (Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Jonathan Dale Crenshaw, 46, was arrested Tuesday in the 200 block of Lincoln Road, according to an arrest report

    • According to a friend of the victim, the man was asking Crenshaw for directions when Crenshaw suddenly stabbed him in the arm and fled

    • Crenshaw said he had been punched and stabbed the man to defend himself

    A homeless Florida artist was charged Tuesday with using his feet to stab a Chicago man with a pair of scisorrs, authorities said.

    Jonathan Dale Crenshaw, 46, was arrested Tuesday in the 200 block of Lincoln Road. He was charged with aggravated battery.

    According to a friend of the victim, the man was asking Crenshaw for directions in South Beach when Crenshaw suddenly stabbed him in the arm and fled on foot, the police report said.

    Cesar Coronado, who is visiting from Chicago, said his vacation began with a trip to the hospital.

    "I'm not from here and this is not what I came for. I came for a vacation," Coronado told NBC 6 Wednesday. "I just said 'do you know where this is?' but as soon as I talked, the only thing he reacted was he just cut me."

    Officers responded to the scene and found Crenshaw nearby. Crenshaw said he was lying down when a man came up and punched him in the head, so he pulled the scissors out of a suitcase with his feet and stabbed the man twice to defend himself, the report said.

    "Why would I go and attack someone else? No, no, I wouldn't do that," Coronado said. "It’s like how the hell did I get stabbed? Like, is it the right guy at that point? Because I cant believe with his legs someone could do that."

    Crenshaw said he put the scissors in his waistband and walked off quickly, the report said. He was booked into jail where he remained held on $7,500 bond Wednesday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.

    Crenshaw was profiled in 2011 by the Miami New Times, which showed him using his feet to draw and paint.

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