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Suspect flies coop, attacks convenience store patrons

Sonoma police were called to the 7-11 store on West Napa Street a week-and-a-half before Christmas, after an angry intruder was reported behaving aggressively while “hissing” at customers and threatening them.

When officers arrived, they determined that the best way to subdue and corral the suspect would be with a large net and a cage.

A brave officer then confronted the anti-social aggressor and managed to get the net over its body, thereby subduing the large black swan. The red-beaked bird was apparently domesticated because its wings appeared to have been clipped and it couldn’t fly.

There were no injuries reported in the avian encounter and the bird was released to the custody of a rural resident with sufficient secure housing.

No charges were filed and no information was available from what coop the bird had – so to speak – flown.


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