Jonathan Crenshaw is a well-known homeless street artist in South Beach.
Anyone who’s ever wandered down Lincoln Road has probably seen Jonathan Crenshaw at work. A homeless man with no arms, Crenshaw has spent years in South Beach painting colorful canvases using his feet while tourists circle and gawk at the work.
But early yesterday morning, one of those tourists ended up bleeding on the ground after police say Crenshaw grabbed a pair of scissors with his feet and stabbed the man. Crenshaw told police the man, a Chicago resident, had punched him, but the victim told police he’d only asked for directions before the attack.
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Jeffrey Sumpter, of Bridgeport, charged with first-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor in Saturday melee at Dunkin Donuts.
STAMFORD — A Bridgeport man who was assaulted by three juveniles while he was at work in Norwalk will have to spend 18 months in jail for stabbing one of the attackers.“I was defending myself,” Jeffrey Sumpter, 21, told Judge John Blawie on Monday morning at the Stamford courthouse when he was sentenced for stabbing one of the males in the leg last October. Blawie told Sumpter that he understood and believed his version of events, but he said he had to follow the letter of the law.Sumpter, dressed in a white prison jumpsuit with short sleeves, did not reply. His public defender Howard Ehring said unlike a state like Florida, which has a law allowing its residents to stand their ground, Connecticut law requires Sumpter to retreat from the beating he was given at the Dunkin’ Donuts where he worked. After being assaulted inside the coffee shop, Sumpter ran outside and stabbed one of the men.Ehring said the fact that a search of one of the men turned up shotgun shells, showed the four were looking to hurt Sumpter. No shotgun was found. Blawie said he hoped this would be Sumpter’s last “bid,” slang for prison sentence, because now that he has been convicted of felony first-degree assault, he will be treated more harshly by the criminal justice system going forward. Sumpter will have to spend three years following his jail sentence on probation, during which time he could be made to serve all or part of a three and one-half year prison sentence if he breaks the law.
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Debra WarrenAlachua County Jail
A Florida woman stabbed her son because he wouldn’t buy her harder drugs than the alcohol she was drinking, police said.
Debra Denise Warren, 58, of Gainesville, stabbed her son in the forearm with a kitchen knife after he refused her request to buy her crack cocaine, according to a police report obtained by the Gainesville Sun.
Warren tried to stab her son again, but he managed to get the knife away from his mother and then waited outside their home for cops to arrive, WCJB reports.
When police responded, Warren said she was afraid of her son, claiming he had slapped her earlier. But police found no evidence to back up her claims. Warren also accused her son and a witness of lying, according to the police report.
Warren was arrested early Friday on charges of aggravated battery. She remains in custody at the Alachua County Jail on $50,000 bail, jail records show.
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A Texas teen was apparently so opposed to getting out of bed that he killed his dad who tried to wake him, according to reports.
Samuel Hammett, 19, was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of his father at their Fort Worth home, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
Family members said the father, Sandy Hammett, tried to rouse his son from bed Tuesday when the teen pulled a knife on him.
“My son said, ‘Why you sleeping all day?’” his grandmother, Alma Hammett, told the newspaper. “My grandson got up and went nose-to-nose with my son. My son pushed my grandson down back on the bed.”
Hammett allegedly grabbed a knife from his drawer and stabbed his dad to death, according to relatives.
Police responded to the home and pronounced the father dead at the scene.
Hammett was taken into custody at Tarrant County Jail where he is being held without bail.
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