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Man Stands His Ground Against Naked Burglar Choking Dog

Naked Man, unidentified Miami, Fla., assailant

"Naked Man," unidentified Miami, Fla., assailant

Details are still emerging in the case of a Florida homeowner, who shot a nude assailant on his property, wounding him. Despite the bizarre circumstances, police have concluded that this is one “stand your ground” shooting that won’t be challenged in court.

In the wee hours of the morning of January 2, 2012, the residents of a house near N.W. 2nd Avenue and 56th Street in Miami were awakened by barking dogs and loud noises. The homeowner (whose name has not been released) emerged from his residence to find a naked man, herein after referred to as “Naked Man,” choking his pet Rottweiler. Miami Police Spokesman Det. Willie Moreno describes the scene, “He comes out and spots a person who is not only fighting with this dog but is naked fighting with this dog.” Naked Man then turned and attacked the homeowner, who fired two shots at him, hitting him once in the leg.

The homeowner held Naked Man for police who arrested him, took him into custody and transported him Jackson Memorial Hospital where he remains, his medical status unknown. Police did report, however, that Naked Man attempted to bite the homeowner, arresting officers, as well as hospital staff, and speculate that he may have been under the influence of drugs.

“For right now it does appear to be a justified shooting. This individual was acting irrational, fighting with the dog,” Det. Moreno continued. Moreno noted that the homeowner only fired the gun after his assailant “jumped onto the owner and started fighting with him.”

Naked Man reportedly refused to identify himself, no big surprise there, so investigators are still trying to figure out what name to pen on the indictment for burglary of an occupied dwelling with assault, animal cruelty, resisting arrest with violence, and lewd and lascivious behavior. Understandably, they don’t want to use “Naked Man.”

In a effort to identify him, police have released the photo of the suspect shown. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to please call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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