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Man leaves dead rattlesnake on Arizona police memorial

This undated photo provided by the Cottonwood Police Department shows Nathan Cody Cumiford. The Cottonwood man thought it would be funny to put a dead rattlesnake on a city police memorial but authorities were not amused and is facing a misdemeanor charge of criminal littering. Cumiford was arrested by Cottonwood police Monday, July 20, 2015, after they saw surveillance footage that showed him placing the reptile on a memorial statue honoring fallen officers. (Cottonwood Police Department via AP)

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — A 23-year-old man thought it would be funny to put a dead rattlesnake on a northern Arizona police memorial, but authorities were not amused.

Nathan Cody Cumiford, of Cottonwood, was arrested Monday and faces a misdemeanor littering charge. He was released on his own recognizance.

Cottonwood police say surveillance video shows Cumiford placing the reptile on a statue honoring fallen officers.

Sgt. Tod Moore says when Cumiford was asked why he did it, he laughed and said it was meant to be a joke.

Cottonwood is about 100 miles north of Phoenix. Cumiford told police he killed the snake somewhere between the town and Tuzigoot National Monument, which is a few more miles north.

A phone listing for Cumiford was out of service and he couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday through a Facebook page.

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