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Ohio police respond to call about armed man, take him, and alligator into custody

Columbus Police Officer Amanda Hill holds an alligator that’s more than three feet long, seized Monday on the Near East Side. (Columbus police photo)

A robbery call answered by Columbus police at a Near East Side apartment Monday afternoon took an surprising turn with the discovery of a live alligator.

The initial call at 3:45 p.m. Monday was about a man with a gun and an argument over the return of an X box. There were also two children and two toddlers present, Columbus police said.

A man was taken into custody at the scene and no one was hurt.

But while officers were there, they stumbled upon an occupant in the closet: an alligator.

The alligator was more than three feet in length, said Denise Alex-Bouzounis, a spokeswoman for Columbus police.

Columbus Police Officer Amanda Hill took the situation in stride and was “cool as a cucumber.”

Hill handled the gator until the Ohio Department of Natural Resources arrived and took the reptile into custody.


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