COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) â€” A 23-year-old man thought it would be comical to put a dead rattlesnake on a northern Arizona police memorial, yet authorities were not amused.
Nathan Cody Cumiford, of Cottonwood, was arrested Monday & faces a misdemeanor littering charge. He was released on his own recognizance.
Cottonwood police say surveillance video shows Cumiford placing the reptile on a statue honoring fallen officers.
p>Sgt. Tod Moore says when Cumiford was asked why he did it, he laughed & said it was meant to be a joke.
Cottonwood is approximately 100 miles north of Phoenix. Cumiford told police he killed the snake somewhere between the town & Tuzigoot National Monument, which is a few more miles north.
A phone listing for Cumiford was out of service & he couldn't be reached for comment Thursday through a Facebook page.
Source: “Associated Press”