Man arrested after threatening people with snake in Maryville

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A man was arrested last Thursday after he threatened bar patrons with a snake in Maryville, police said.

Kennon Trey Fitzgerald, 22, of Maryville, was arrested on June 7 after the bartender at Maryville Billiards on 542 East Broadway Avenue called police to say Fitzgerald was threatening his customers with a snake.

"He was holding the snake out and telling people he was going to stick it on them," Corey Elliott, the bartender at Maryville Billiards, said. "I think everyone was a little freaked out."

An officer with the Maryville Police Department arrived on scene at about 3:15 a.m. and met Elliott who told the officer that Fitzgerald was impaired and had been threatening people in the bar before he started walking east on Sevierville Road.

"I thought I had seen some crazy stuff, but this one definitely takes the cake," Elliott said.

In the police report, the officer states that shortly after arriving at Maryville Billards, he received a call about a domestic report at 1808 Kittrell Avenue at around 3:40 a.m. When the officer arrived at the residence, he made contact with Fitzgerald and claimed to smell "a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage" on him. The report also states that Fitzgerald had blood shot eyes, blurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.

The officer also saw a snake on the porch, according to the report.

When the officer arrived, the report said, he noticed Fitzgerald was in verbal argument with his mother. At this point, the report says that the officer contacted the original complainant, Cory Elliot, to positively identify Fitzgerald, who was then placed under arrest and charged with public intoxication.