A homeless man in Laguna Beach went bat-poop crazy. Literally.
Adam Joel McQuerry showed up to the city’s Alternative Sleeping Location, AKA a homeless shelter, on Friday.
It was bad enough that he had been banned from the shelter for two weeks just days before – for reasons that were not made clear in a report from the Laguna Beach Police Department.
Worse still, he entered with a bag carrying a bat.
Not the baseball kind.
The upside-down-hanging, we-navigate-with-echolocation kind.
McQuerry told shelter staffers that the bag had five bats, according to the LBPD. It was later found out it didn’t. It had one, but that was enough to cause concern.
“Upon officers’ arrival, McQuerry was holding a live bat which he had somehow captured and was allowing to crawl up and down his arm,” reported the police watch sheet. “Officers warned him that the bat might bite him, but McQuerry dismissed these concerns.”
And then it did. Bite him.
McQuerry put the bat back in the bag, and after refusing officers’ repeated commands to leave, was arrested.
The bag with not five bats was confiscated, the animal turned over to Orange County health officers, who later euthanized it to determine if it had rabies.
It did not, said Sgt. Louise Callus.
McQuerry told officers he found the bat at a bat cave (where else?) near the shelter.
Meanwhile, McQuerry initially refused rabies shots. He was arrested on the suspicion of trespassing and resisting officers, the watch sheet says.