(Reuters) – A 46-year-old unarmed homeless man was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida for kicking another man with scissors, police said Wednesday.
Florida-born Jonathan Crenshaw scissored a 22-year-old man from Chicago twice before escaping, according to a Miami Beach police report of Crenshaw’s arrest early Tuesday morning.
According to local media reports, Crenshaw, a local artist known for painting colorful art with his feet, was subsequently detained near the scene of the attack in a shopping and tourist area near South Beach and charged with one count of aggravated battery degree of felony, police said.
Crenshaw, who told police he was acting in self-defense, is being held at the Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Center in Miami. His court-appointed attorney, Devon Frampton, was not immediately contacted for comment.
Police said the victim, Cesar Coronado, was admitted to a local hospital with bleeding from his left arm. He and his girlfriend, who was present, said Coronado asked Crenshaw for directions and was attacked, police said.
Crenshaw said he was lying when Coronado approached and hit him, police added.
Police said there was no indication that Crenshaw was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
According to the Miami Beach Police Department, Crenshaw has an extensive criminal record, including beating law enforcement officers.