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Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into how rat poison ended up in a takeout order from a man who bought burritos Sunday at a Taco Bell restaurant in the Denver, Colorado suburb of Aurora.
According to the CBS News report, the police are investigating when the food was contaminated, whether it was in the restaurant or outside it.
The Deputy Sheriff John Bartmann said the case is listed as “intentional attempted homicide.”
Bartmann and restaurant manager Lary Swift told him a customer walked into the restaurant around 1 p.m. Sunday and argued with restaurant workers about his food order.
Swift said the man was upset that the restaurant’s drink station was not working and “he wanted something free.”
Swift said that the man argued with the employees and other customers of the restaurant. While the man is a regular customer, he’s caused trouble before. On one occasion, he said, he threw a cue at an employee.
Bartmann said that around 7 p.m., the man ate the restaurant’s food and “became seriously ill” and called 911. He was transported to an area hospital.
“That hospital said they had a patient who had possibly consumed rat poison in his meal from the same restaurant,” Bartmann said.
Bartmann declined to reveal the identity of the man, but said that enough rat poison was found in the burritos that “it would have been very serious for the health of the victim”.
Agents locked down the restaurant Sunday night.
Swift said the restaurant turned over the surveillance video to Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office investigators and the sheriff’s office said it was reviewing the video as well as other evidence it had collected.
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