Naked Florida Man Brandishing Machete Tries to Steal Another Man’s Clothes
On Monday at approximately 10:00 am, Volusia County deputies responded to the area near the Volusia fairgrounds in Deland in reference a naked man, later identified as Brandon Wright,34, who threatened a surveyor with a large machete-style knife! The surveyor/victim told deputies that the suspect was in the bushes picking palmetto berries when Wright suddenly charged toward him, brandishing the machete. He demanded the victim give up his clothes, wallet & cell phone. The victim started to comply and give Wright his belongings when Wright suddenly threw the machete and a handful of berries at him. Luckily the victim was not injured, as the machete struck the victim in the chest, handle first!
The naked Wright then fled toward the wooded area, jumped into a white dodge challenger, and fled the area! The Sheriff’s helicopter, Air One, arrived to help with the area search. Meanwhile, a responding deputy recalled a similar incident of a man running around naked the year prior and, after some research, found the suspect’s name, Brandon Wright.
“A naked man who was armed with a machete when he allegedly tried to steal another man's clothes was arrested Monday morning at a DeLand gas station, according to the Volusia Sheriff's Office.”
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) August 10, 2022
While the search continued, Wright’s vehicle passed a license plate reader in the DeLand area, and soon after that, dispatch received a call referencing a naked man outside a gas station at 899 S. Spring Garden Ave., DeLand. Video from Air One shows Wright pacing around the gas station parking lot, screaming at imaginary people, walking into traffic and yelling at drivers, and finally knocking out a few pushups. Deputies arrived and took the naked Florida machete man into custody without incident. Wright was transported to the Volusia County Jail and held without bond. Wright was charged with attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Surprisingly, this wasn’t Wright’s first run in with the law. He has prior convictions dating back as far as 2009 for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer without violence, kidnapping/false imprisonment, and possession of cocaine.