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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Florida man arrested for kicking swans at Lake Eola while practicing karate

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 5:05 PM

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A Florida man was arrested Thursday morning for kicking swans at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando while practicing karate.

According to the arrest report, multiple witnesses told Orlando Police officers they saw 34-year-old Rocco Mantella of Jacksonville, leave the main walkway at Lake Eola Park at around 9:20 a.m. to kick two swans – one in
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 the backside and another in the head "as hard as possible," while practicing karate.

One witness said they heard Mantella laugh when he noticed her reaction to the swan-kicking.

Another witness said they also saw Mantella kick a sleeping duck.

Officers were unable to locate the animals that were allegedly kicked. 

Mantella was charged with animal cruelty and is now being held on $1,000 bail. 

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