ORLANDO, Fla. — A Jacksonville Beach man accused of practicing karate kicks on swans at Lake Eola Park appeared before a judge Friday morning.
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Rocco Joseph Mantella, 34, was granted a $1,000 bond after being charged with animal cruelty charges.
According to an Orlando Police arrest report, witnesses reported seeing a man at downtown Orlando's Lake Eola later identified as Mantella "kicking animals throughout the park."
One witness told officers that he saw the man practicing karate kicks, then kick two swans in the head and another in the back end. The kicks were hard enough to knock down a swan. The man also kicked a small duck that appeared to be resting, the witness said.
Mantella was arrested at the park.