Man leaves dead rattlesnake on Arizona police memorial

Man leaves dead rattlesnake on Arizona police memorial

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — 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”

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