Taco Bell store is CLEARED of putting rat poison in ‘trouble’ customer’s burrito – as cops say the man is a serial offender who is now MIA
- The Taco Bell drive-thru accused by a customer of lacing his burritos with rat poison has been officially cleared of any wrong-doing by local police
- The incident, which occurred on Saturday, involved a well known ‘problem’ customer, who argued with staff then claimed that they had poisoned his taco
- The man, 63, has since been revealed to be embroiled in dozens of previous legal action attempts over the past 30 years, deemed by neighbors to be ‘unstable’
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has CLEARED Taco Bell of putting rat poison in a customer’s bean burrito – and now, in a strange update to an even stranger case, the accuser has gone MIA.
A Taco Bell in Colorado was under investigation this week after a ‘problematic’ customer fell violently ill after he claimed his to-go order was laced with rat poison.
The customer, a 63 year-old Aurora resident, started vomiting after eating his burritos from the fast food store in Aurora on Saturday, and called 911. He was rushed to hospital where it was discovered he had ingested ‘copious amounts’ of the toxic chemical.
The Taco Bell store has denied the claims the customer’s order was laced with poison by workers.
The Taco Bell in Colorado under investigation after an unidentified customer fell violently ill after he claimed his to-go order was laced with rat poison has now been cleared by police
The accuser has also since gone missing – not responding to police calls or to CBS newspeople who knocked on his door. Pictured is his home in Aurora, Colorado
The man was a regular who frequently caused problems at the store – and once even threw a taco at an employee, according to store manager Lary Swift. Earlier on the day the man was hospitalized, police were called to the store due to an altercation between the customer and staff at the store’s drive-thru.
In a newly released update to the case, Arapahoe County authorities announced they have cleared the local Taco Bell of putting poison into the customer’s food, after reviewing surveillance video footage from within the store.
In the meantime, the food poisoning victim seems to have disappeared.
‘Investigators have been trying to contact the customer via phone but have not been able to speak with him,’ read the Sheriff’s Office press release.
‘On January 9, 2023, investigators went to the customer’s home and attempted contact with him, but there was no answer.’
The mystery accuser, who remains unidentified as the police still consider him a ‘victim’ in the case, has since been revealed to have a lengthy history of legal action over the past 30 years.
Sheriffs Deputy John Bartmann told Dailymail.com that authorities were still considering the accuser a victim – despite not having spoken to him since the accusations were made. ‘We really just want to talk to him and get some further information,’ said Bartmann – ‘Like, who else could maybe have access to the food’
Reviewing Colorado court records, CBS News Colorado revealed the Taco Bell accuser has been both a plaintiff and defendant in a variety of lawsuits over money, as well as repeatedly seeking protection orders and serving as a defendant in protection order cases.
CBS News also tried to get in contact with the man via phone and text message, but to no avail. Visiting the man’s Aurora home, they also had no luck.
A neighbor, however, revealed that the man was pretty unstable and aggressive.
Speaking to Dailymail.com, Sheriff Deputy John Bartmann said Arapahoe County authorities were still considering the accuser a victim – despite not having spoken to him since the accusations were made.
‘We really just want to talk to him and get some further information,’ said Bartmann – ‘Like, who else could maybe have access to the food.’
Bartmann clarified that local authorities had no evidence that the man added the rat poison to his burritos himself.
‘We are still trying to figure out who may have done this to him,’ he said.
The case remains an open and active investigation.
The original incident began around 1pm on Saturday, when drive-thru manager Lary Swift told CBS that the customer argued with employees after putting in his order, demanding ‘something free’ in return for being given plain water instead of his soda because the restaurant’s C02 carbonating machine was not working that day.
Swift said he had ordered three bean burritos and was given a fourth for free.
It is not known who called 911 during that incident, but police who arrived at the drive-thru found a much calmer scene, Sheriff’s Deputy John Bartmann told Dailymail.com.
After speaking to all involved parties, the deputies determined that no crime had been committed, and left.
The customer also returned home, where, according to Deputy Bartmann, he did some chores around the house and sat down to watch 60 Minutes on TV.
Only once the show was over, around 7pm, did the man then eat his four burritos.
Immediately feeling a burning sensation in his mouth and vomiting, the man called an ambulance and was transported to a local hospital, where doctors quickly diagnosed the cause of his sudden illness.
Police were only alerted to the accusation of poisoning later in the evening, however, after receiving a call from hospital workers that a patient had claimed his Taco Bell order had been laced with rodenticide.
Examining the taco at the hospital, deputies could clearly see a greenish-gray substance inside. Labs tests later confirmed it was rat poison.
Deputies closed the Aurora-based Taco Bell down on Sunday evening, during which the store handing over all security camera footage from inside the building.
Manager Lary Swift denied the poisoning claims in comments made to CBS.
‘We don’t carry poison in the restaurant,’ she said. ‘We didn’t do anything like that. It didn’t even add up. It’s ridiculous.’
When asked for comment by Dailymail.com, Taco Bell Corp said: ‘The safety of customers and team members is a priority. The franchisee who owns and operates this location has informed us that they are working with local authorities in their investigation.’