Man is charged after ‘biting the tail off a rattlesnake using his teeth and tossing it into his neighbor’s RV’
- Ryan Felton Sauter, 39, of Texas, was charged with criminal trespass and deadly conduct after putting a silenced rattlesnake in his neighbor’s RV
- He allegedly bit the rattle off it’s tail so it couldn’t be heard when it attacked
- Sauter and neighbor, Keith Monroe, had apparently argued earlier in the day
- Monroe said he used a machete to kill the snake and called police
Ryan Felton Sauter, 39, of Dale, Texas, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and deadly conduct after allegedly biting the tail off a rattlesnake and putting the snake in his neighbor’s RV
A Texas man was arrested after allegedly biting the tail off a rattlesnake and putting it in his neighbor’s RV following an argument between the two men.
Ryan Felton Sauter, 39, of Dale, Texas, was arrested and charged with Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass of a habitation and deadly conduct following the incident which occurred on June 17.
After an argument with his neighbor, Keith Monroe, Sauter allegedly found a rattlesnake and used his own teeth to bite its tail off, so the snake could not be heard when it attacked.
Sauter is accused of then putting the maimed rattlesnake inside Monroe’s RV.
Monroe told the Austin-American Statesman he saw Sauter leave his RV and asked him why he was in his home without his permission.
According to Monroe, Sauter said, ‘You’ll see why.’
In an effort to figure out what Sauter meant, Monroe said he went inside his home and, looking around, saw the three-foot-long rattlesnake.
‘I freaked out,’ Monroe told the Statesman. ‘I couldn’t believe this happened.’
Sauter’s neighbor, Keith Monroe (pictured) said that he and Sauter had an argument prior to the snake incident and that they had long-standing disagreements over multiple issues
Monroe said that he saw Sauter exiting his RV (pictured) and when he asked why Sauter was inside without permission, Sauter said ‘you’ll see why’
The snake Monroe found in his RV was three feet long. He said he killed it with a machete
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Monroe said he killed the snake with a machete and then called the sheriff’s office.
According to the arrest affidavit, obtained by KVUE, Monroe told deputies that he was ‘in fear of imminent danger of serious bodily injury’ after discovering Sauter’s alleged actions with the snake.
The deputies wrote that they had ‘observed that the snake’s rattles had been removed.’
Monroe did not specify what his and Sauter’s argument had been about, but said that there were several issues that they had long-standing disagreements about.
Sauter was taken into custody Friday and his bail was set for $7,500 for each charge.
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