A Louisiana man accused of eating a woman’s pet fish was finally arrested Tuesday—over two years after the incident allegedly took place.
Citing an arrest warrant from 2016, WBRZ reported the arrest of 21-year-old Maxwell Taffin, who authorities said confessed to eating a woman’s pet fish following a stay in her dorm at Louisiana State University (LSU).
Taffin had reportedly stayed at the purported victim’s home with two other men, one of whom was the woman’s ex-boyfriend, “on the weekend of the LSU-Ole Miss football game” in October 2016. Upon leaving the premises, Taffin allegedly told her to “check your fish tank,” before rushing out of the dorm.
After the victim investigated the scene, she discovered that her pet, who Fox News identified as a “betta fish,” was indeed missing.
Perhaps more disturbing was a subsequent text the woman said she received from Tiffin, showing her beloved pet surrounded by a pool of feces in a toilet.
“Found your fish,” the text read, according to officials.
When officials at LSU spoke with the suspect, he allegedly confessed to the bizarre crime.
“Yeah, I’ll be honest with you. I ate [the victim’s] fish,” Taffin stated, according to the affidavit.
When officials questioned the man about the text in question, they said he claimed “a lot of people” had used his cellphone, adding that it wasn’t “password-protected.”
Taffin subsequently failed to appear at a criminal summons, and an arrest warrant was issued, according to authorities. He faces charges of animal cruelty and improper telephone communications.
[Feature Photo: Maxwell Taffin/Police Handout]