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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Man Wields Pet Iguana as Weapon During Confrontation at Painesville Perkins

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 3:12 PM

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The lunch rush at a Painesville Perkins Restaurant (700 Mentor Ave.) grew positively wild yesterday when police were called to the scene for an incident involving a disgruntled customer and his spiky pet

It's unclear what exactly got the diner in such a confrontational mood, but whatever set him off caused the unnamed 49-year-old to unleash an iguana from under his shirt, swing it around by the tail like a lasso and toss it directly at the Perkins manager on duty, Painesville police report.

The suspect did flee the scene, but police were able to catch up with him shortly after.



The iguana, which police have dubbed Copper, is now safe with the Lake County Humane Society, and a veterinarian has assessed the extent of the reptile's injuries.

Meanwhile, the suspect was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and animal cruelty.Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

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