Miami Man Charged With Stabbing A Tourist, Despite Having No Arms

A Miami man has been charged with stabbing a tourist - despite having no arms.

Jonathan Crenshaw, a 46-year-old street artist, stands accused of assaulting a visitor to Florida from Chicago on Tuesday night, an act that he claims was self-defence.

Crenshaw is homeless and allegedly stabbed Cesar Coronado, the tourist, with a pair of scissors held in his feet. He has now been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

The homeless man claims that he was attacked by Coronado, 22, who he says punched him. Coronado denies the accusations and says that he was merely asking for directions when he was assaulted by Crenshaw.

Miami-Dade County Corrections
Miami-Dade County Corrections

Crenshaw is famous in the South Beach area as a street artist, painting in public with his feet. He weighs just 90 pounds - 45kg - and has two deformed arms.

The man was profiled by the Miami New-Times in 2011, where he explained his background and his disabilities. He claims to have been born in Alabama and moved around as a child.

"I didn't care too much for that," he told the New-Times. "Plus she (his mother) kept feeding me rat poison. For the insurance policy, I guess.

"I was born with sharp teeth. When I was five years old, the government drilled them in half," he also said.

He also claimed to have fathered 200 children - including one to singer Gloria Estefan - and had started having children at the age of eight.

Credit: NBC Washington
Credit: NBC Washington

The police regularly move him along and tell him to stop selling his artworks as he doesn't have a permit to sell in the street.

"Why should I buy a permit when I could go and sue Sony for a million dollars," he said.

He usually sells pictures for $60 each, though he added that "I might sell one for less if I've been carrying it around for a few days and I'm sick of it."

Featured Image Credit: Miami County Corrections

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