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Monday, March 06, 2006

Sunshine Fights Back!

(Court TV) — Perhaps Michael Deeter can find some comfort knowing that he is not the first person to be taken down by a large bird. Deeter, 44, met his match, a large blue-and-gold macaw named "Sunshine," during a home burglary on Jan. 14. According to Captain Keith Bowers of the Williamsport Police Department in Pennsylvania, when Deeter broke into the apartment, he tried to pet the exotic bird. The bird instead clamped down on his outstretched hand.

Deeter reportedly ran around the apartment in an attempt to dislodge the bird, which refused to let go of his hand. A neighbor later told police that she heard slamming noises and the bird's loud squawks coming from the apartment around 3:00 p.m. The alleged burglar was nowhere to be found when Williamsport police were called to the apartment at 6:30 p.m. by another neighbor, who noticed broken glass near the door. Officers found drops of blood in the kitchen area and in the vicinity of the bird's cage. Captain Bowers said Sunshine, missing all but one tail feather, was perched outside of the cage with blood on its beak and still appeared very distressed.

The officer returned to the Lycoming County Jail, where Deeter confessed to the break-in and the theft of a camcorder and $100 in loose change. He also admitted that the bird inflicted the injury on his hand. Deeter was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and criminal mischief. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

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