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.READ MORE: 'Positivity, Acceptance And Love': Lodi Announces Location Of City's First-Ever Pride Festival
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.READ MORE: Fans Back In Stands At All American Speedway In Roseville
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.MORE NEWS: 1 Injured In Highway 50 Crash That Caused Major Backups In Sacramento
Officers took the iguana, which they named “Copper,” to the Lake County Humane Society for an evaluation by a veterinarian.