ELYRIA (CBS Cleveland) – For the people in one northeast Ohio town, the common sentiment following an alleged assault involving snake feces must be, “You’ve got to be snaking me.”
An Elyria man was arrested and charged with domestic violence after his ex-girlfriend accused him of shoving excrement from his pet snake in her mouth last Friday morning, according to police reports.
It started around 2 a.m. when Amber Pennell says she received a phone call from her 24-year-old ex-boyfriend Matthew Rudisill, alleging that he was going to ruin her bedroom.
When Pennell arrived home to find that nothing had been done to her bedroom, Rudisill blocked the doorway, prompting Pennell to threaten Rudisill with releasing his pet coral snake, according to the Elyria Police Department’s report. Rudisill allegedly grabbed the snake by the tail and squeezed the snake’s excrement onto his hand. Pennell told police that her ex-boyfriend began to shove the snake feces into her mouth, pushing it down on her tongue, causing her to gag.
After Pennell attempted to leave the house, Rudisill shoved his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend into a doorframe, causing a laceration under her left eye, according to police reports.
Pennell told police Rudisill then bit her forearm after she shoved him to separate herself from the father of the couple’s young son.
Elyria Police arrested Rudisill not far from the scene of the incident around 3:30 a.m. Since then, the incident has gone viral, causing heartache for Pennell.
“It really upsets me,” Pennell told WJW-TV in Cleveland. “I was up all last night reading all the posts. I mean, there’s so much going on in the world, and you pick this to bring out?”
In addition to the pending domestic violence charge, which Rudisill has pleaded not guilty, he was fined $115 and ordered to stay at least 500 feet away from Pennell. He has denied all charges to the police. Elyria Police told CBS Cleveland that the criminal case is closed.
For Elyria, this case is the latest black eye for the town, after an Elyriawoman was found guilty of assault last week after she allegedly choked a 71-year-old Wal-Mart greeter.
Rudisill was released on $2,500 bond Sept. 30. Elyria Municipal Court records indicate that his court date is scheduled for Wednesday at 2 p.m.