Another incident of human flesh-eating brings the count up to 34 since the first attack by Alexander Kinyua on May 25th about a month ago.
This latest incident occurred on Thursday in Palmetto, Fla., when 26-year-old Charles Baker got naked and bit off some of Jeffery Blake’s arm, including a large chunk of bicep. Blake, 48, was still being attacked when police arrived to rescue him.
Authorities say Baker was at his girlfriend’s home on 25th St in Palmetto to visit his children when he attacked Blake. Officers deployed electronic control devices three times, but they did not effect Baker. However, he was eventually subdued by multiple officers.
Baker was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for testing and then transported to jail.
One of the most gruesome attacks so far in this string of incidents was when when Carl Jacquneaux a 43-year-old Louisiana man was arrested for biting off part of another man’s face during an attack on June 6th, according to the Lafayette Parish assistant police chief Kert Thomas.
Todd Credeur was working in his front yard when Jacquneaux appeared and attacked him, chewing off some of his face. “During the attack, the suspect bit a chunk of the victim’s face,” said Thomas.
Officials continue to be concerned about the epidemic of “zombie behavior” but deny rumors that these instances might be related, or that there could be a virus responsible for the rash of cases.
Paul Standford of the Federal Emergency Task Force warned that there is a hoax email that is circulating on the internet that reads:
|I have been hearing about a so called virus known as LQP-79 that started in miami [sic] with a homeless man. its supposedly a virus that causes brain deterioration and led the man to become canabalistic [sic]. It is also said to be highly contagious leading people to believe it will cause some kind of zombie apocalypse.|
Standford stated that people should be advised that this email is false and urged, “if you receive the email you should delete it without forwarding it to anyone else.” According to Standford there is no LQP-79 virus.
Another high profile attack involved a student in Maryland who allegedly admitted to eating his roommate’s brain and heart and stashing the rest of the remains in a dumpster behind a church in Joppatowne.
Alexander Kinyua, a 21-year-old Morgan State University student, told detectives that he had killed Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie, who was reported missing Friday, May 25th, and then eaten his heart and portions of his brain. Agyei-Kodie’s severed head and hands were found in the men’s Harford County home.
The first reported attack in this macabre wave occurred in Miami, Fla on May 23rd, when a naked 31-year-old Rudy Eugene stripped a homeless man, Ronald Poppo, 65, and then tore at and ate Poppo’s face for almost 20 minutes while traffic drove by on the busy MacArthur Causeway.
Eugene was shot and killed by Miami Police officer Jose Rivera, while he was still devouring Poppo.
In addition to this most recent attack of Jeffery Blake in Florida, there have been 4 other attacks in Florida, 2 attacks in Maryland, 7 in New York, 1 in New Jersey, 3 in Georgia, 2 in South Carolina, 3 in North Carolina, 4 in Tennessee, 4 in Virginia, 1 in Delaware and 2 in Louisiana within the last month.
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