A naked Florida man dragged police officers into a bay and assaulted them after allegedly attacking an apparent stranger with gardening shears, police said.
The suspect, John Kyle Botelho of Crestview, allegedly ambushed a man Saturday who was gardening in the front yard of his Santa Rosa Beach home, according to a press release from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
During the struggle, Botelho "punched the victim in the nose and kneed him in his chest before wrestling the victim’s gardening shears out of his hands," police said. “The suspect began beating and stabbing the resident with the shears, forcibly knocking out one of the victim’s front teeth and causing multiple lacerations to the back of the victim’s head.”
The violence was only halted after a bystander stepped in and tried to take the shears out of the suspect’s hands. When officers arrived, the victim was “covered in blood," police said. The victim, who has not been identified, needed 20 staples in his head for his injuries. He said he has no idea who his attacker was, according to Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Botelho, 26, fled the garden scene and police found him a short distance away, naked and submerged in Choctawhatchee Bay.
When deputies tried to get Botelho out of the water they said he allegedly “began punching the deputies and attempting to pull them under water.”
Botelho was booked and hit with felony charges for resisting an officer with violence, aggravated battery on a person using a deadly weapon and battery on a law enforcement officer. He was held on $5,000 bond, according to WEAR in Pensacola, Fla.
[Photo: Walton County Sheriff's Office]