A man who threw a 10-foot snake into a Studio City sushi restaurant was arrested for making criminal threats to employees on Sunday.
"The snake owner said, "[Expletive], you guys", then dropped the larger snake in the middle of the restaurant floor and walked out, Gavin said, according to The Times. Surveillance video showed frightened customers quickly gathering their belongings and running from the restaurant.
The man was then arrested and charged with "using the snake as a weapon and threatening the patrons", according to Fox 11. No one was injured. A photo in a 2011 San Diego Uptown News article about the shop showed Motohashi posing with a 15-foot tiger python.
"Get this thing out!" waitress Jessie Davaadorj recalled shouting. A waitress describes the chaos that followed to CBS: "Everyone's eating, so customers are yelling, 'Get this thing out!" While he remains behind bars on $50,000 bail, his snakes are being cared for by animal control. Mark Salazar of the Animal Services Department.
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The LA Times reported Motohashi has had previous run-ins with the law over his exotic pets.
Motohashi was convicted in 2005 in federal court of selling endangered animals and venomous lizards.
Fortunately, no one was hurt, but customers and restaurant employees were understandably shaken after dining with the giant reptile.