5 Craziest Crimes of the Week
Including a man who took a timeout while fleeing cops to play with cats
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2014 5:30 AM CDT
Updated Sep 5, 2014 9:14 AM CDT
Getting a face full of pepper spray is not something you want to have on your bucket list.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A floating wedding reception gone wrong and an alleged thief forced to look for a stolen ring are among the weirdest crime stories of the week:

  • Groom Hits on Server, Brawl Ensues: A wedding bash on a Pittsburgh boat went terribly wrong, ending with the arrests of an off-duty state trooper, a local school board member, and the groom himself. The reported reason for the chaos: Newlywed Mark Williams, 33, allegedly hit on a waitress and tried to pour liquor down her throat—even though she told him she was pregnant.
  • Woman Who Swallowed Stolen Ring Has to Retrieve It: Christina Schlegel, 25, was arrested on felony theft charges after partner-in-crime Bryan Ford allegedly stole a wedding ring from Zales jewelry store, after which she apparently swallowed the expensive band—and now local police say that Schlegel is going to have to extract it for them herself.

  • Man Being Chased by Cops Stops to Play With Cats: Daniel Pinedo-Velapatino allegedly stole $15,000 from a friend in Florida, and police later saw him hit a car at an intersection—while driving a stolen Lexus. After a car chase, he broke away from cops on foot and ended up at a local woman's back door. He asked for a glass of water and then started doing something even more bizarre.
  • Cops: Woman Rubs Officer's Pepper Spray on Him: When a Florida sheriff's deputy spotted two women arguing in a store parking lot, he intervened—but the response was more than he bargained for. As the officer attempted to arrest Sara Henderson on charges of disorderly intoxication, he says she started hitting him; and when the deputy pepper-sprayed her, she rubbed the stuff right back in his own eyes.
  • Pageant: Beauty Queen Stole $100K Crown: Organizers of an Asian beauty pageant say their now-deposed queen is a rude liar who stole their $100,000 bejewelled crown. The pageant accuses Myanmar's May Myat Noe of disrespecting the organization and turning a planned 10-day trip to Seoul into a pricey three-month stay. Now event directors want the tiara back.
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