Homeless Miami street artist with no arms charged with stabbing Chicago tourist claims it was in self defense
- Jonathan Crenshaw, 46, admitted to police that he stabbed a tourist from Chicago who was visiting South Florida, in the early morning hours on Tuesday
- But Crenshaw, a homeless artist without arms who paints with his feet, said he did so after 22-year-old Cesar Coronado punched him in the head
- Coronado and his friend, however, said they only asked Crenshaw for directions
- Crenshaw, who has a history of violent crime arrests dating back to 2008, has been charged with one count of felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
A homeless South Florida street artist with no arms has been charged with stabbing a Chicago tourist.
Jonathan Crenshaw, 46, is accused of holding a pair of scissors with his feet and stabbing 22-year-old Cesar Coronado just after midnight on Tuesday morning, according to Miami Beach police.
Neither men dispute that Coronado was stabbed, but Crenshaw said he was attacked first, according to the arrest report.
Crenshaw has been charged with one count of felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Homeless artist Jonathan Crenshaw, 46, has been charged with one felony count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for using his feet and scissors to stab Chicago tourist Cesar Coronado, 22, on Tuesday in South Florida
Crenshaw is a popular fixture in the area, known for painting on canvases along a trendy stretch in South Beach, according to theMiami New Times.
He’s often found along Lincoln Road, creating colorful art with his feet while passersby marvel at his ability.
On Monday night, his usual hangout turned violent.
Crenshaw said he was lying down when Coronado approached him and punched him in the head, the arrest report said.
Police say Crenshaw stabbed Coronado twice and fled.
But a female friend who was traveling with Coronado told a different story.
The friend said they approached Crenshaw near the intersection of Collins Avenue and 16th Street and asked for directions, when he suddenly jumped up and stabbed Coronado in his arm.
Coronado was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries.
Crenshaw is a popular fixture in the area, known for painting on canvases along the trendy stretch of the 1600 block of Collins Avenue, near its intersection with 16th Street (shown)
Another view of the 1600 block of Collins Avenue is shown here, in Miami’s South Beach
It’s not known when Crenshaw moved to the area, but he has a record of arrest dating back to 2008, court records show.
Crenshaw’s most recent conviction was for the felony battery of a police officer in 2014, and came with a sentence of 180 days in jail.
Along with multiple charges of battering police, Crenshaw’s record also includes trespassing and disorderly intoxication arrests.
It’s believed he was born in Alabama, but it’s not known whether he was born without arms or lost them later in life.