Naked, Growling Florida Man Anesson Joseph Shot Dead by Palm Beach Deputies After Biting Teen’s Face
South Florida sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a naked, crazed man as he went on a rampage attacking and biting people on Tuesday night.
The Palm Beach Post reports 28-year-old Anesson Joseph of West Palm Beach was shot by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy in front of The Colony apartments on Military Trail near Delray Beach moments after attacking Post staff writer Tony Grein, 18. The 5’6″ (168cm) high school student witnessed a naked Joseph, who is described as a very muscular 6’3″ (190cm) and 250lbs. (113kg), charging toward his 16-year-old sister Tania and tackled the assailant.
Grein told WPBF he and his sister were taking out the trash when they noticed a shadowy figure lurking near their neighbor’s home. When the girl moved closer to investigate, Joseph, naked, charged at her.
“I just ran at him and got him before he could touch her, and then we just kind of tussled and then he just started biting,” Grein told WPBF. “It’s not even like he hit. He didn’t do anything else. I just started stabbing him with the box cutter that I had because I was cutting plastic off, and I was stabbing him and stuff. I stabbed him in the face and it’s like it didn’t even faze him.”
Joseph viciously bit Grein’s face, leaving him with five stitches in his ear, teeth marks on his face and other injuries.
Grein’s father came outside and witnessed the altercation. He chased Joseph down Military Trail, where deputies arrived.
“He was huge,” Mario Grein told WPBF. “He was way huge… he was more acting like a wild animal.”
Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said deputies first tried using a Taser stun gun on Joseph, but it had no effect. The assailant appeared to be in “some state of psychosis.”
“He was very aggressive,” witness Robert Friskney told WPBF. “He was growling like an animal.”
“He basically lunged after the police officers and started to attack them,” added Friskney, who said he recorded it all on his mobile phone camera.
A deputy, fearing for his and his partner’s life, eventually shot Joseph three times. He was rushed to Delray Medical Center, where he died.
WESH reports Joseph attacked at least two other people the night he was killed. Sheriff Bradshaw said Douglas R. Kozlik, a retired New York City police officer, was walking on Military Trail when he was attacked by Joseph prior to the assault on Grein.
Mario Grein called his son a “hero” for defending his sister the way he did.
“My son is on the smaller side, but to me, my son is a hero,” he told the Post. “He saved my daughter’s life.”