Video released of half-naked stalker at park
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A dangerous drug, which may have played a role in the infamous cannibal attack in Miami last month, is now being looked at as a possible cause for a man stripping to his shorts and harassing a child at a playground.
Surveillance video released Monday morning showed a grainy image of a man only wearing boxer shorts stalking around the park. The playground where this is alleged to have happened, on Wednesday, happens to be located right behind the North Miami Beach Police Station.
Authorities arrested Shane Shuyler on Thursday. On the video, he can be seen wearing a long shirt or gown before he approaches a family, at around 8 p.m. The mother said a nearly nude Shuyler came up to her and her 3-year-old daughter and said, "Hi, pretty girl. Hi, pretty girl ... I want to stick it in you."
The family then left the park and Shuyler approached another family. In another clip, Shuyler takes off his shirt. He then hides under a slide at the playground only wearing some shorts.
Police said when they took Shuyler into custody, just hours after the alleged incident, he had bath salts on him. The discussion of the dangers of drugs, specifically bath salts, synthetic and designer drugs is on the rise after a violent attack in Miami that grabbed global headlines. Rudy Eugene, who police believe was high on bath salts, allegedly chewed off 80 percent of a homeless man's face under the MacArthur Causeway, last month.
Designer drugs are known to lead to hallucinations and violent acts. Bath salts are thought to raise body temperature, leading to overheating and agitation that is why, police believe, Eugene was naked at the time of his attack. A police officer was forced to shoot him dead to stop the attack.
Now, police believe, bath salts may have been behind Shuyler's decision to strip to his shorts at the playground. He faces a number of charges, including several counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 16.
A judge has released him to Jackson Memorial Hospital for a psychological evaluation.
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