PAINESVILLE, Ohio (CBS Local) — An Ohio diner faces animal cruelty charges after he allegedly used a pet iguana as a weapon inside a restaurant, authorities said.

Officers responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at a Perkins restaurant in Painesville just before noon on Tuesday.

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Police say a 49-year-old man pulled out the iguana from under his shirt, swung it around his head by its tail and threw it at the restaurant manager before running off.

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The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was captured a short time later a few blocks away, according to police. He allegedly resisted arrest while officers attempted to apprehend him.

The man was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and animal cruelty.

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Officers took the iguana, which they named “Copper,” to the Lake County Humane Society for an evaluation by a veterinarian.