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Police: Man threatened to eat people at driving range

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Karl Laventure was arrested after allegedly threatening to eat people at a Lilburn, Ga. golf range. Karl Laventure was arrested after allegedly threatening to eat people at a Lilburn, Ga. golf range.
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -

Police arrested a man who they say stripped down to his underwear at a driving range and threatened to eat people after using bath salts.

Witnesses say that Karl Laventure came out of the woods at the Atlanta Golf Center and began screaming about religion, rapper Tupac Shakur and cannibalism.

"Just like an animal. Wild animal," said driving range owner Ok Kyung Lee.

"Among other things, he was saying things like, ‘I'll eat you. I don't want to eat you but I will,'" said Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith.

Police said that when they arrived, Laventure – who had stripped down to his underwear – came right at them. Laventure would not respond to any commands and wiped around pepper spray from his eyes, according to police.  Authorities said it took four Taser hits to restrain and arrest Laventure.

Paramedics arrived and gave Laventure medication which seemed to bring him out of his haze. Police said that Laventure admitted that earlier he had smoked a joint sprinkled with bath salts. Officials said that the medication then apparently wore off and Laventure began lunging off the hospital bed at officers.

Smith said that Laventure was Tased an addition seven times before he was finally restrained.

Laventure faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and disrupting a police officer. He was not injured in the arrest, according to police.

Police said that bath salts can make a person not feel pain for several hours and can make a person experience delusions.

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