Arizona reporter Jonathan Lowe arrested for pooping on lawn


Nothing to do with sports, but too spectacular/bizarre of a story to pass up. Jonathan Lowe, a reporter for KPHO in Phoenix, was arrested on Monday in Goodyear, Arizona after pooping on the lawn of a criminal suspect whose story he was covering.

Jonathan Lowe (Goodyear Police Dept.)

Jonathan Lowe was arrested on charges of public defecation while on the job which is interesting because I watched the the first half of the Cavaliers-Raptors game tonight and Kyle Lowry hasn’t been arrested yet. The Goodyear police department released a statement on the matter:

“Lowe chose to use the front yard of a residence to relieve himself,” Goodyear Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Kutis told the Phoenix New Times. “An onlooker from across the street called it in to officers. They approached him, he said he’d had to relieve himself, and they arrested him.”

I love how somebody called this in. That would be my first instinct if I saw somebody taking a s*** on the lawn across the street. QUICK! GOTTA CALL 911! LET’S PUT THIS POOPETRATOR BEHIND BARS!

The story gets even weirder though. The suspect whose lawn got pooped on had been accused of sacrificing his dog in order to appease God.

Patrick Zane Thompson, 42, was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly broke the family dog’s neck and put it in a smoker. That’s like some Ramsay Bolton s***, although the victim would be an actual person instead of a dog in Ramsay’s case. Thompson, who was a former Arizona State football player that played on the 1996 Rose Bowl team, claimed to have had an episode after smoking some weed and had been convinced that the Lord was going to kill himself or his family unless he sacrificed a male member of his family. The choices were himself, his six-year-old son, or his dog.

As for Lowe, he was released on his own recognizance, but was fired from the station. He still managed to file the story despite being arrested so credit to Lowe for battling through adversity to get the job done.


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