Summer’s heat might be behind strange criminal behavior

Oh the things criminals will do - from avoiding vampires to eating the family dog

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WASHINGTON, July 5, 2015  – Maybe it is the heat of the summer months that produces criminal behavior so bizarre it defies explanation. Maybe the world is truly going crazy.

Regardless of the reason behind the actions, here is a glance at some very strange criminal behavior across the country over the last few months. And the summer is just starting to apex!

In Cape Coral, Fla., a man was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace after he was caught dancing on top of a deputy sheriff’s cruiser. Christan Radecki danced on the roof of the police SUV for more than six minutes before sliding down the windshield and ripping off the wipers.

Asked why he was dancing on the vehicle, Radecki said vampires threatened him.

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In Times Square in New York City, Minnie Mouse and Hello Kitty were arrested for assault after a dispute over a tip from an onlooker. Apparently “mascot brawls” are not uncommon. Past incidents have included two Iron Men, an Elmo and a few Spider-Men.

The first Spider-Man was arrested for aggressive panhandling, the second for punching a cop.

In Toms River, N.J., Christopher Miller was convicted of robbing a shoe store and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

He was arrested the day after his release from prison for robbing the same clerk in the same store.

Remember the “Seinfeld” episode where Jerry was in a bit of trouble after not returning a library book? Kayla Michelle Finley of South Carolina had a VHS tape of the movie “Monster-In-Law” sitting in her home for a decade.

She rented the Jennifer Lopez movie from Dalton Videos, which is now out of business.

Finley was at a police station on another matter when officers found an old arrest warrant for her. The video-store owner had previously filed a stolen goods warrant. Finley was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of failure to return the video and spent a night in jail because her hearing could not be held until the following day.

It should have been for her questionable movie choices.

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A Texas man used K-2, synthetic marijuana, and went a bit crazy. He was seen running around on all fours and barking and growling like an animal. He became enraged and attacked family members. They fled, so Michael Daniel grabbed the family dog, beat it, choked it, and then starting eating parts of the dog’s flesh.

He faces felony animal cruelty charges for killing the dog.

Interestingly, the drug is legal, despite its dangers, including intense highs accompanied by paranoia, anxiety and agitation being widely reported. Several deaths have been associated with the drug.

However marijuana, which induces people to eat potato chips, remains a felony in Florida.

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Also in 2012, a college student in Maryland killed a fellow student who was staying at his home. Alexander Kinyua had a history of violent behavior, including an assault with a baseball bat that fractured his victim’s skull.

In this case, Kinyua was charged with the murder and with cannibalism for eating his victim’s heart and brain.

In Uniontown, Pa., police arrested a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across the state to surprise his fiancée. John Williams Jr. was jailed because he couldn’t pay the $749 fare.

Williams took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday. When he arrived in Uniontown, he refused to pay the bill, and the cab driver called the police.

Police say Williams told them he didn’t have cash and “his credit card was maxed out for the day.”

Williams was charged with theft of services. He was jailed on $2,500 bail to await a preliminary hearing July 7.

In June, a 35-year-old Colorado woman was arrested and now faces child abuse charges for bringing her three kids with her as she tried to burglarize a home.

Melanie Romero was trying to burglarize the home of a retired police officer. Romero claimed she was looking for a friend, but police linked her to another burglary at another nearby home.

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In Boca Raton, Fla., a 90-year-old man pointed a handgun at a postal employee when he wasn’t satisfied with the service at the local post office. The elder man threatened to blow the employee’s head off.

In South Williamson, Ky., a man, apparently hot from the 90-degree heat outside, entered a WalMart store to cool off. He shouted “I’m on fire” and then took a gallon of milk out of a cooler and poured it on himself. Timothy Smith and David Daniels were later arrested in regard to the incident.

Reports are not clear who went into the store and who drove the getaway car. The incident was recorded and later uploaded to social media. Smith turned himself in to police after his family made him feel bad about what he did.

From jail, Smith said it was all a prank and that it was planned.

At his first hearing, the judge told him he was a high risk to the community. Smith replied that he did not think so, that he thought he was a low risk, and that this was the last sort of thing anyone should worry about.

The milk gallon dump is a prank started following the success of the ice bucket challenge videos, in hopes of creating that one viral video that makes someone an internet star for 15 minutes.

This should not be confused with the milk gallon challenge in which people of questionable intelligence try to chug a gallon of milk in the least amount of time — often resulting in vomiting — also caught on video.

Yes, maybe people are just crazy.

In Saratoga Springs, Utah, a man attempted to carjack a 69-year-old woman’s car. Christopher Bigler, 38, got into the wrong woman’s car as she pulled into her daughter’s driveway. He ordered her to drive and smacked her. Frances Mach was not having it. She said, “I rolled up my fist and I nailed his head about three or four times and told him to get out of my car. And he did. He kind of fell out.”

Bigler ran to the back of the townhouse, broke through a basement window and went inside. Mach called the police. Bigler meantime set a fire in the upstairs bedroom. Bigler was unable to escape and was eventually flown to a hospital in critical condition for smoke inhalation. Bigler had an extensive criminal history.

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Paul A. Samakow is an attorney licensed in Maryland and Virginia, and has been practicing since 1980.  He represents injury victims and routinely battles insurance companies and big businesses that will not accept full responsibility for the harms and losses they cause. He can be reached at any time by calling 1-866-SAMAKOW (1-866-726-2569), via email, or through his website

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