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Panhandler allegedly bit man’s face, attacked him with machete after he refused to give money, police say

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Source: Miami-Dade Corrections; MEGA

Feb. 2 2022, Published 12:20 p.m. ET

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A panhandler in Florida is accused of attacking and biting a man who declined to give him money, police said.

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Around 8:30 a.m. Jan. 22, Demetrick Sanders, 45, approached a man who was waiting outside a supermarket in Miami for a ride to work and demanded money, police wrote in an arrest affidavit obtained by WPLG.

After the man declined, Sanders, who goes by the nickname “Psych,” allegedly began to beat him with a broomstick, the affidavit states.

“When the victim began to defend himself,” police wrote in the form, “the defendant quickly produced a machete from his waistband.”

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Sanders struck the victim with the machete, causing a large laceration to his head and torso, the affidavit states. Sanders then bit the victim in the face and stole his phone and $350, police said, according to WPLG.

The victim sought help at a nearby gas station and was treated for his injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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On Jan. 29, the victim spotted Sanders hanging outside the supermarket where the incident occurred and called police.

Sanders was arrested and charged with attempted murder, and armed robbery with a deadly weapon. He was being held without bond.

attack suspect
Source: Miami-Dade Corrections; MEGA

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