Cops: Man Lets Huge Python Loose in Sushi Restaurant

Apparently, he was upset fellow diners weren't impressed by a smaller snake
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2016 6:15 PM CDT
Cops: Man Lets Huge Python Loose in Sushi Restaurant

A 46-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly unleashed a 13-foot python on a sushi restaurant filled with diners, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CBS Los Angeles, the man finished and paid for a $200 meal at the restaurant then took out a small snake to show his fellow customers. The customers, understandably, weren't as enthusiastic about the man's snake as he was and asked him to take it outside. That's when police say he got upset, left, and returned with a 13-foot python.

The man allegedly said "[Expletive] you guys," dropped the snake on the floor, and walked out of the restaurant. A waitress describes the chaos that followed to CBS: "Everyone’s eating, so customers are yelling, ‘Get this thing out! Are you crazy!'" A number of customers fled the restaurant. The snake also tried to flee but got stuck near the cash register. The snake was later freed by animal control, and the man was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats. The suspect, identified as Hiroshi Motohashi, was previously convicted of selling endangered animals and venomous lizards in 2005. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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