Naked man claiming to be 'Thor' assaults police officer, performs sexual acts on tree

Naked man claiming to be 'Thor' assaults police officer, performs sexual acts on tree
(Source: Brevard County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

MELBOURNE, FL (WAFB) - A Melbourne, FL man was arrested this week after a concerned citizen reported the man was naked, trying to get into locked vehicles and was performing sexual acts on a nearby tree. Officials believe the man was under the influence of a new designer drug called "Flakka."

Police approached the man, identified as 41-year-old Kenneth E. Crowder. Crowder began to walk towards the police officer in an aggressive manner, identifying himself as "God," according to the probable cause affidavit.

The officer was afraid Crowder was going to punch him, so he deployed his stun gun, striking Crowder in the chest. Crowder stated again he was "God" and pulled both probes out of his body. The officer reported the stun gun had "zero effect on his aggressive demeanor."

The officer told the man to stop again. The police report says Crowder refused and the officer stunned him again. Crowder began to roll around on the ground and pull the probes out of his body, once again identifying himself as "God."

Crowder stood up and began to approach the officer in an aggressive manner, so the officer punched him in the face which made Crowder fall to the ground. Crowder continued to resist and tried to hit the officer who was using his body weight to keep Crowder on the ground. He then identified himself the god "Thor."

Crowder then ripped the officer's badge from his uniform and tried to stab the officer with the pin.

Crowder was taken to the hospital for medical treatment then taken to jail, where he was released on a $12,500 bond. He was charged with three counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of battery on a law enforcement officer. four counts of resisting with violence and one count of assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.

Commander Dan Lynch with the Melbourne Police Department says "We don't know what he was on, however, based on his demeanor, actions and words, we believe he was using a new designer drug called Flakka. It is a new derivative of bath salts and it is making its rounds in Florida."

On the street, Flakka is also called "gravel" for its white, crystal chunks. In the lab, it's known as a stimulant, part of a chemical class called cathinones, with the amphetamine-like effects of Molly and Ecstasy. In the media it's been dubbed "the insanity drug."

Recent incidents in Florida, Texas, and Ohio, including a naked gunman yelling from a rooftop and a man who impaled himself on a metal fence, have brought to the forefront the emergence of "Flakka."

In both instances, the men reported to authorities that they were high on "Flakka" and hallucinating at the time of the incidents. This mind-altering substance is produced from the same strain of lab-made chemical that was used to make bath salts, a drug that was banned by the federal government in 2012.

According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, there has been a large increase of reported "Flakka" cases in the last four years, from none in 2010 to 670 last year. Despite the dangerous effects associated with this drug, its use is on the rise, and will most likely make its way into many other cities in the near future.

Many health care experts are concerned with the rise in the popularity of a drug whose side effects and after-effects are potentially deadly. When used, Flakka blocks the re-uptake of dopamine, which results in a more prolonged effect, typically referred to as "excited delirium." When an individual is in this state, it can cause a rapid increase in body temperature, which can in turn trigger kidney damage and failure. Furthermore, the physiological effects that have been known to occur include severe anxiety, paranoia, and delusions, which can lead to a psychotic state that is characterized by violent behaviors and a lack of awareness of reality.

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