Just as the weekly update went to press, I learned that police in Searcy, Arkansas, had captured the man responsible for the July 19 bottle-rocket attacks on Steven Turnage. Turnage said that one rocket struck him in the eye and another burned part of his chicken suit.
Prior reports suggested that police had no leads, but Turnage was in fact able to give police some details. Because of his chicken mask, he was not able to get a clear view of the suspect, but he was able to describe the vehicle that was used as the launching pad for the assault. Police said that information led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man, who was charged with assault in the second degree and discharging fireworks inside city limits.
Turnage praised police. “They did a good job,” he said. “I’d like for this guy to have to wear the chicken suit for a day out in this heat to see what it’s like.” I hope to be following this up later with a story that I can categorize under “Creative Sentencing.”