An angry man’s sushi rant left several customers frightened after he left a 13-foot-long snake behind. The incident happened at a Studio City establishment where police later arrested Hiroshi Motohashi, 46, on suspicion of making criminal threats.
The large snake eventually slithered out of the sushi restaurant as customers were screaming, according to United Press International. Lt. Jim Gavin of the Los Angeles Police Department in Van Nuys said restaurant managers confronted Motohashi and asked him to leave before the incident occurred.
Motohashi left, but returned minutes later to the restaurant with a 13-foot-long python. The cold-blooded act unfolded about 7:20 p.m. Sunday when he entered Iroha Sushi of Tokyo as customers were sitting down for dinner.
The angry man spent $200 at the establishment and brought out a smaller reptile to threaten customers with. When the manger asked him to leave, Motohashi said, “[Expletive], you guys,” then dropped the 13-foot-long python in the middle of the restaurant floor and walked out.
The angry man’s sushi rant started after he paid for a $200 meal, employees confirm, before showing off the smaller snake to customers. There was no confusing the yellow python slithering on the restaurant floor with a supersized caterpillar roll. The customers did not like that. They liked the giant snake even less. Some terrified customers even ran out of the restaurant.
“Get this thing out! You know, everyone’s like eating, so customers are yelling, ‘Get this thing out! Are you crazy,’ ” waitress Jessie Davaadorj said in a statement.
The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Animal Services went to the restaurant where the angry sushi customers were and captured the snake, which apparently had gotten stuck near a cash register. Animal control officers took the snake away, Gavin said.
Animal Services is caring for both snakes at its East Valley facility in Van Nuys. Motohashi must show proof of ownership, including the proper permits, to get his snakes back, Cmdr. Mark Salazar of the Animal Services Department said.
The angry man’s sushi rant isn’t his first with the law over his love of exotic pets. Hiroshi Motohashi was convicted in 2005 in federal court of selling endangered animals and venomous lizards.
He was sentenced to 15 months for selling Gila monster lizards without a permit. Along with the venomous lizards, he sold yellow-spotted sideneck turtles and San Esteban Island chuckwallas to an undercover officer in 1997.
Motohashi was one of a dozen people arrested by the agent, who posed as the owner of a business that was buying and selling exotic animals in Reno.
Years later, angry man’s San Diego-based pet shop, A Glass Jungle, was featured in a 2011 article. He was photographed with a 15-foot-long albino tiger python named Cleopatra.
“I love to educate people about the animals and let them see things they wouldn’t normally see…and I want people to see how they could take care of these animals responsibly,” he told the paper.