Man charged after ‘acting belligerent,’ breaking statue worth $5K at Kalahari Resort

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Sean Miller (Courtesy: Erie County Sheriff’s Office)

SANDUSKY, Ohio — A man has been charged after deputies arrested him for allegedly acting belligerent at a family-friendly indoor water park and breaking a statute worth $5,000.

Erie County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Kalahari Resort to assist with a person being disorderly.

When officials arrived they observed a group of bystanders restraining Sean Miller, 32, of Oregon, Ohio.  Miller was already handcuffed, due to his “turbulant behavior,” when they got to the scene.

Bystanders told police Miller had been kicking and biting everyone.  They claimed he pushed his wife, which led them to restrain him.  They said they had feared he would hurt her more.

When deputies tried to talk with Miller he was reportedly uncooperative and spitting on the ground.  Deputies said Miller kept trying to kick with his feet and had to be held down by another individual.  Officers placed leg restraints on Miller “for everyone’s safety.”

“Mr. Miller was intoxicated and violent and had to be restrained for the safety of everyone there and for his own safety,” said Erie County Sheriff, Paul Sigsworth.

Courtesy: Erie County Sheriff’s Office

Witnesses said Miller also caused damage to Kalahari property.  He was allegedly seen throwing items around the convention center hallway.

Deputies watched surveillance footage of the incident stating the video showed Miller throwing chairs around before walking over to a television, removing its cover and punching it.

“The investigation revealed that Mr. Miller had apparently become upset throughout the course of the evening and at one point destroyed a covering over a monitor on a wall,” Sigsworth said.

Miller then is reportedly seen walking towards a table, where a replica of soapstone statue from Africa was on display. He allegedly picked up the statue and threw it on the ground, breaking it.

“He picked up a statue off of a table and smashed it on the floor,” Sigsworth told FOX 8.

Kalahari officials said the statue was valued at about $5,000. And, according to the police report, the custom wooden TV monitor cover Miller allegedly broke was worth $300.

Officials with Huron Fire Department took Miller to a local hospital. He was later transported to the Erie County Jail.

Miller has been charged with persistent disorderly conduct while intoxicated and vandalism.

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