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Suspect high on bath salts threatened to eat people at Atlanta golf course, police say

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Karl Laventure was arrested after allegedly threatening to eat people at a Lilburn, Ga. golf range.MyFoxAtlanta.com

An Atlanta man was arrested after stripping down to his underwear at a local driving range and threatening to eat people after ingesting bath salts, police said.

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

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

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 pepper spray from his eyes, according to police. Authorities said it took four Taser hits to restrain and arrest him.

Paramedics arrived and gave Laventure medication that reportedly 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 apparently wore off and Laventure began lunging off the hospital bed at officers.

Smith said that Laventure was Tased an additional 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, police said.

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