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St. Paul man charged in a fowl crime

According to the Star Tribune, a 26-year-old man who was staying at the Embassy Suites hotel in St. Paul was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony cruelty to animal after he ripped the head off of a live duck.

The Denver businessman was taken into custody, booked in jail, and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

According to the police, the hotel keeps about eight domesticated ducks inside an ornamental pond, which is located in the hotel’s main lobby.

At about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the man chased down one of the ducks, ripped its head from its body, while yelling to onlookers that he was hungry.

According to the Pioneer Press, the hotel’s security guards detained the man until the police arrived. Police said that he spent Saturday night in the Ramsey County Jail and they were not aware of him having any previous criminal record.

*Note: The Star Tribune has not printed the man’s name citing, “The Star Tribune generally does not identify suspects until they are formally charged.? The Pioneer Press has published the name of the man – Scott D. Clark, 26.