Man pulls iguana from shirt, swings it by its tail before throwing it at restaurant manager

Police say an unruly customer at a restaurant in Ohio pulled an iguana from under his shirt, swung it around and threw it at the manager. Painesville police

A man in Ohio was arrested after police said he pulled an iguana out from under his shirt, swung the lizard around his head by its tail before chucking it at a Perkins restaurant manager.

Painesville police said officers responded to a call of an unruly customer at the all-day breakfast joint just before noon on Tuesday.

Police said the 49-year-old man somehow had the reptile stored in his shirt before he flung it at the manager. He left the casual dining restaurant shortly after.

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Authorities located the man a short distance away, where he allegedly resisted arrest.

“The suspect’s iguana, whom we have affectionately named Copper, was seized by the officers,” the police force said in a statement. “Copper was later released to the Lake County Humane Society who will be taking Copper to a vet so he can be checked for injuries.”

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

It’s unclear as to what led the suspect to tossing the lizard at the manager.

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