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Moron of the Morning: Man Commands Animals To Attack Zookeeper

November 12, 2018

Missouri police say a man was wandering through Dickerson Park Zoo Tuesday night after it had closed, acting odd and refusing to leave.

Joseph L. Binford, 37, was flailing his arms about and talking to people who weren’t there, according to court documents. When a zookeeper confronted him, the man allegedly commanded the zoo animals to eat the zookeeper. The animals — identified by a zoo spokeswoman as cheetahs — ignored his commands, documents say.

Two officers responded to the zoo, documents say, and they found Binford on a grassy hill. According to court documents, Binford was screaming unrecognizable statements about “God” and “Lucifer,” while holding a silver object in each hand. Police commanded Binford to drop the objects, documents say, but Binford, like the cheetahs, did not obey commands.

Instead, documents say Binford ran up to one of the officers and hurled the silver object — later determined to be a dinner fork — at him. The officers eventually used Tasers on Binford and arrested him, documents say, though during a struggle he appeared to grab for an officer’s gun. Binford is being held in the Greene County Jail on a $12,500 bond for disarming an officer, fourth-degree assault and first-degree trespassing, court records show.

He does not have an attorney listed in online court records. Binford had a hearing Friday, during which a judge added another stipulation to his bond conditions. If released on bond, court records say Binford is not allowed to set foot on the premises of Dickerson Park Zoo.

-Springfield News-Leader: https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/crime/2018/11/09/man-asked-animals-eat-zookeeper-police-say/1943988002/

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