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Police: Florida man kicked swans in the head at park while practicing karate

Posted: 9:52 AM, Apr 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-27 19:25:07Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police say they've arrested a 34-year-old Florida man after people at a park saw him kicking swans in the head.

An arrest report says police were called Thursday morning to Orlando's Lake Eola Park, which is known for its swans and swan-shaped paddle boats.

Multiple people told officers they saw Rocco Joseph Mantella kicking swans "as hard as possible" as he appeared to practice karate.

The report says Mantella also kicked a sleeping duck.

The Orlando Sentinel  reports  one witness told investigators Mantella appeared to laugh when he saw her reaction.

Mantella was arrested on a cruelty to animals charge and remained in the Orange County Jail on Friday. Jail records don't list a lawyer for him.