Disorderly man uses iguana as weapon, throws pet at manager inside Painesville Perkins restaurant

The iguana used as a weapon in Painesville (Source: Painesville police)
The iguana used as a weapon in Painesville (Source: Painesville police)
Updated: Apr. 16, 2019 at 3:21 PM EDT
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PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Police arrested a man accused of using a pet iguana as a weapon inside a Painesville-area restaurant.

You can’t make this stuff up.

According to the Painesville police, officers responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at the Perkins restaurant located on Mentor Avenue just before noon on Tuesday.

Police learned that a 49-year-old man removed the iguana from inside his shirt and swung it around his head by the tail before throwing it at the restaurant manager.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was located a short time later in the 900 block of Mentor Avenue. He resisted arrest while officers attempted to apprehend him, according to Painesville police.

Officers took the iguana, who has been named “Copper,” to the Lake County Humane Society where it will undergo an evaluation by a veterinarian.

The suspect was scheduled to be arraigned in court Tuesday afternoon on charges that include disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and animal cruelty.

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