Florida cops report another drug-fueled cannibalism attack

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, June 21, 2012 12:47 EDT
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Photo courtesy of the Manatee County Sheriff's Department
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A man in Palmetto, Florida ate a chunk of human flesh Wednesday night after becoming intoxicated on an unknown substance, stripping off his clothing and going on a rampage through his girlfriend’s home while visiting his children.

26-year-old Charles Baker reportedly had to be Tasered multiple times before police were able to subdue him, according to ABC affiliate News Net 5. Officers were called after he burst through the home’s front door shouting and removing his clothes.

Officials said in a media advisory that Baker began throwing furniture around the house after entering, and resisted when one of the residents, 48-year-old Jeffery Blake, tried to wrestle him to the ground. That’s when Baker reportedly bit Blake, ripping a mouthful of flesh from one of his biceps.

The case is another in a string of bizarre, flesh-eating assaults that have occurred all over the nation in recent months, the first of which happened in Miami, Florida. In that assault, 31-year-old Rudy Eugene was shot to death after he tore off most of a homeless man’s face with his teeth.

Police later blamed Eugene’s gruesome attack on a synthetic drug called mephedrone, found in so-called “bath salts” products commonly available in stores across the U.S. No connection between the drug and Baker’s rampage has been established.

This video is from Florida ABC News affiliate News Net 5, broadcast Thursday, June 21, 2012.


Photo: Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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