Police: Man claiming to be Thor assaults tree, officer while high on new designer drug
MELBOURNE, FL - A Florida man believed to be high on flakka, a new drug that is an even more powerful formulation of bath salts, attacked a police officer after being hit with a stun gun twice.
WKMG in Orlando reports Kenneth Crowder, 41, was arrested last Friday on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer.
According to the police report, witnesses contacted law enforcement after they spotted Crowder running naked through a Melbourne subdivision, yelling that he was a god and then committing a sexual act on a tree.
Police said when an officer arrived on the scene and confronted the man, they said he walked toward the officer in an aggressive manner and identified himself as God. The officer produced a Taser and used it on Crowder, but the supposed diety yanked the probes out of his body and continued to attack the officer.
The officer fired a second series of shocking probes into the man, but he again removed the probes and resumed using his clenched fists to attack the officer, according to Melbourne Police. During the struggle, the officer managed to land a blow to Crowder's face and took him to the ground. Other officers arrived on the scene and helped to subdue Crowder, who was by then telling police that he was the Norse god of thunder, Thor. He was handcuffed and shackled before being hauled off to the Brevard County Jail Complex.
WKMG says the drug "flakka" is a dangerous variation of the family of synthetic substances known as bath salts. The drug delivers a cheap and powerful high, similar to amphetamine or methamphetamine, that lasts for a long time and can cause violent behavior, officials said.
A Melbourne Police spokesman said the drug is already in South Florida and has been spreading into Brevard County as law enforcement and medical professionals have noticed an increase in use.
Federal authorities banned a large number of the chemicals that are used to manufacture bath salts in 2011, but the active ingredient in flakka has yet to be banned, meaning the drug remains legal.
Police said Crowder posted bond and was released.
Image: Brevard County Sheriff