The so-called “zombie” outbreaks across the nation continue yesterday, with the arrest of a West Florida man.
Charles Baker, 26, barged into his girlfriend’s house at 10:15 Wednesday night, stripped naked, and began cursing and screaming. Jeffrey Blake, 48, attempted to restrain Baker, who then took a bite out of the man’s bicep. Baker had to be tasered twice before police could arrest him, and he was taken to Manatee Memorial hospital for evaluation. Baker is charged with aggravated battery.
Police report that Barker was under the influence of an unknown drug. This is the third such high-profile case to involve cannibalism this summer and the second in Florida, following “Miami Cannibal” Rudy Eugene, who attacked the face of a homeless man May 26, and Morgan State University student Alex Kinyua, charged with using a knife to kill and carve up 37-year-old Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie before eating his heart and brain on May 30. Eugene was shot to death by police after failing to separate him from his victim, and Kinyua, already under indictment for attempted murder, is set to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
The cases have grown numerous enough to prompt a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcement on the existence of zombies. Spokesman David Daigle, in a statement to the Huffington Post on June 2, confirmed that “CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).”