1. The mom who swung her BABY like a baseball bat at her boyfriend
18-year-old Tatyana Allen swung her six-month-old son at her boyfriend during an altercation in Daytona Beach, Florida.
According to an incident report, over 20 witnesses describe seeing Allen strike her boyfriend with her fists before trying to hit him with the infant, which she swung “like a bat.” She then dropped the baby onto the sand, and the boyfriend, believed to be the boy’s father, picked the infant up. The child was taken to a hospital where he was reportedly doing fine.
Officers arrested Allen on charges of battery and infliction of physical/mental injury on a child. She is currently being held at the Volusia County jail on a $30,000 bond. Needless to say, the child is no longer in her custody.
2. The director who was assaulted with an air conditioner
During the filming of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong in 2013, director Michael Bay was assaulted with an unlikely weapon—an air conditioner.
On the first day of shooting, two brothers approached the director, demanding $100,000HK (about $13,000 USD). During the discussion, one of the brothers attacked Bay, and then attacked three police officers, before being placed under arrest. (Also arrested were his brother and a third companion.) The men were rumored to be members of a Triad—a network of Chinese crime organizations, much like a Chinese mafia—seeking a “disturbance fee.” Film publicist Gabriela Gutentag later revealed how the shakedown occurred: “A man, wielding an air-conditioner as a weapon, rushed onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the unit directly at Bay’s head. The director ducked and wrested the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident.”
3. The rapper who was charged with assault with a kettlebell
Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, father of UCLA Bruins football player Justin Combs, was arrested for swinging a kettlebell at a university intern and an assistant football coach in January 2015.
Diddy faced three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, battery, and “making terrorist threats.” He was held in jail before being released on $160,000 bail. Soon after, felony charges were dropped and the LA district attorney referred the case to the city attorney’s office to decide if Combs will face lesser charges.
4. The couple who assaulted each other with pizza rolls
Samantha Brooke Canipe, 21, and Brad Scott Beard, 24, were each charged with one count of misdemeanor simple assault for throwing pizza rolls at each other. A motive in the incident remains uncertain. Beard faces 60 days in jail, and Canipe faces 30. No word on injuries, but ain’t love grand?
5. The man who murdered a pastor with an electric guitar
In 2012, Derrick Anthony Birdow, 33, rammed his car into a Fort Worth-area church then beat Rev. Danny Kirk Sr. to death with an electric guitar. Police used a stun gun on Birdow, who was later found unresponsive in a patrol car and pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Birdow’s widow said she didn’t know of a motive behind her husband’s actions, but described him as “sick, really sick … mentally ill. Even these last couple of days (before the attack) he was trying to get help, but he didn’t get it.” She did not say when he started showing signs of a mental illness.
6. The woman who murdered an elderly neighbor with a crucifix
This entry is something out of a horror movie—a pharmacist murdered her elderly next-door neighbor with, of all things, a crucifix.
Karen Walsh, 45, killed Maire Rankin, 81, in the early hours of Christmas Day, 2008. Walsh flew into a drunken rage and struck the defenseless, frail, and vulnerable grandmother after Rankin scolded her for drinking and not being at home with her child.
Walsh was convicted of murder by a jury in 2011, following a trial in which she protested her innocence. The judge delivered a verdict of twenty years, saying: “She (Walsh) inflicted a further degradation upon Mrs. Rankin by removing her clothing and then sexually molesting her to make it look as is an intruder had broken in and attacked Rankin after the defendant had left.”
7. The woman who used a 2×4 as a weapon in a fight
In July 2016, Memphis resident Eulisa Tyus used a 2×4 piece of lumber as a weapon in a fight with another woman. According to an arrest report, Tyus struck her with wood that had a nail sticking out of it. The victim had cuts on both her left and right sides. Tyus has been booked into the Shelby County jail. A motive is still unknown.
8. The cops who mistook a man’s penis for a weapon
An unidentified shirtless man is frisked by police after going on a strange rampage in a hotel lobby. While the police officers check the man for weapons, one believes he has found one, but quickly realizes that’s not the case.
9. The man who pointed a banana at police
In 2014, Nathan Rolf Channing, 27, faced a felony menacing charge for pointing a banana at Colorado sheriffs deputies.
Mesa County deputies Joshua Bunch and Donald Love said Channing pointed the fruit at them while crossing a street. The deputies said they feared for their lives, even though they saw that the object was yellow. (We checked, and yes, there are yellow guns.) Love was drawing his service weapon when Fruitvale resident Channing yelled, “It’s a banana!” (Bunch and Fruitvale. No, we didn’t make that up.)