Missouri man accused of mutilating cat inside Arby’s bathroom
19-year-old Missouri man is suspected of mutilating and decapitating a
cat and then smearing its blood over the walls of an Arby's bathroom.
LEE SUMMIT, Mo. - A
19-year-old Missouri man faces charges in the alleged of mutilation and
decapitation of a cat inside an Arby’s bathroom as revenge for being
Tanner Maggard was charged with one count of animal abuse and one count of property damage in Jackson County, according to court documents. He has also been ordered to stay 1,000 feet away from the Arby’s location where the incident allegedly happened.
Maggard used to work at the location before he was fired in June for allegedly “setting fires” in the restaurant.
Oct. 19, court documents stated that Maggard went to Arby’s, ordered
food and went into the men’s bathroom. He eventually came out and asked
the manager if it had been remodeled.
Maggard then went back into
the bathroom and into a stall. According to court documents, the manager
went in to clean the bathroom after all the customers had left and
could hear Maggard in a stall “coughing and gagging.” The manager left
the bathroom and waited for Maggard to leave so he could finish
When the manager went back into the bathroom to finish
cleaning, he found a mutilated cat inside the stall. Court documents
said the manager found a cut open and decapitated cat on a changing
table. The table, toilet, walls and door of the stall were covered in
the animal’s blood. The cat’s head was also propped up on top of the
The manager exited the bathroom and through a
window saw Maggard allegedly in his truck in the parking lot possibly
waiting to see a reaction. The manager ran out to get the license plate
of the truck and Maggard fled the scene.
Officers responded to
the restaurant and processed the scene. One of the officers noted there
was no “foul odor” coming from the cat and that it was still warm to the
touch, indicating the animal was recently killed.
Arby’s had to buy a new changing station, toilet and repaint the damaged stall.
Court documents stated that the restaurant did not have security cameras.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.