Social media has been all atwitter this week, swirling with information that an armless Florida man was arrested in South Seaside for stabbing a vacationer with a pair of scissors.
“A homeless Florida man with no arms has been arrested for stabbing a vacationer with scissors utilizing his ft, police say,” reads the information merchandise, revealed Tuesday, August 16. “Jonathan Dale Crenshaw, a homeless artist from South Seaside, Fla., was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated battery after he allegedly stabbed Cesar Coronado, a visiting vacationer from Chicago, in accordance with NBC 6 Miami.”
Simply one other day within the Sunshine State, you say.
Certainly. However that day was July 10, 2018 — and Crenshaw was later exonerated at trial.
Tuesday’s information story originated from the Nationwide Desk (TND), a Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned outfit, and was picked up by Sinclair associates.
Although the TND story hyperlinks to an NBC 6 South Florida article in regards to the arrest, the writer in all probability did not learn it, as a result of it clearly dates to 2018.
The web may include the universe, but it surely has a brief reminiscence. Maybe not surprisingly, the story has gone viral for a second time.
That is seemingly because of a lift from Dave Portnoy, the controversial founder and president of the megapopular, megamanly web site Barstool Sports activities, who posted a video about it on TikTok that has garnered greater than 12 million views and a pair of million likes, and pushed it out on Twitter, the place he famous, “I knew I would seen that face earlier than.”
I knew I’d seen that face earlier than pic.twitter.com/d086JU9s2J
— Dave Portnoy (@stoolpresidente) August 17, 2022
You see, Portnoy and Crenshaw have a historical past.
Again in early 2020, not lengthy earlier than the pandemic-whose-name-shall-not-be talked about, Portnoy shared his ideas about Blocks Pizza Deli in South Seaside as a part of his YouTube sequence, “One Chew Pizza Evaluations.”
As Portnoy holds forth in regards to the deserves of his slice, a person with no arms seems within the shot and addresses him: “And remember to offer it to a crack addict.”
Portnoy is visibly shocked.
“Right now is a day the place we simply respect all the things,” he says. “I not often get left speechless. I used to be left speechless by that man. My intuition was to shove it in his mouth as a result of he did not have arms. But, he was pulling a suitcase.”
The video stands as a viral second from the sequence, notching greater than 750,000 views.
In the meantime, again right here in 2022, Tuesday’s TND story additionally hyperlinks to a 2018 New Instances story, which notes that the stabbing incident happened round midnight when the Chicago vacationer and his good friend approached Crenshaw at Collins Avenue and sixteenth Avenue to ask for instructions.
Police mentioned Crenshaw advised them “he was mendacity down and a man got here up and punched him within the head.”
The 51-year-old ultimately went to trial in November 2021. A jury discovered him not responsible.
New Instances profiled Crenshaw again in 2011, highlighting his work as an artist who painted colourful canvases along with his ft. Again then he advised author Camille Lamb Guzman that vacationers on Lincoln Highway paid him as much as $60 for his works.
That profile, nevertheless, additionally revealed Crenshaw’s internal struggles: “Crenshaw talks loads about intercourse and the numerous ladies he is impregnated, together with Gloria Estefan, who he says birthed about 200 of his kids,” Guzman wrote.
Crenshaw has arrests in Miami courting again to 2008, in accordance with public information. Since his acquittal, he has been arrested for a number of alleged offenses, together with marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, and battery. His most up-to-date arrest, in February, was alcohol-related.