KPHO television journalist Jonathan Lowe
was on assignment covering a story about a former Arizona State
University football player who sacrificed his family’s dog in a smoker
in a fit of religious rage when nature called, the Phoenix New Times reports.
“Lowe chose to use the front yard of a residence to relieve himself,”
Goodyear, Arizona police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis told the news site. “An
onlooker from across the street called it in to officers. They
approached him, he said he’d had to relieve himself, and they arrested
According to Lowe’s KPHO
news report, police arrested former Arizona State University football
player Patrick Zane Thompson, 42, after he became irate with the shirt
his 17-year-old daughter was wearing and burned it in a large barbeque
cooker at his home.
Thompson said he had a vision earlier in
the day something bad would happen to his family, and he believed his
daughter’s shirt was demonic, according to the report.
“When Thompson went back into the house … he got more erratic and
told his family, in front of his four minor children, that he needed to
make a sacrifice of a male,” Lowe wrote. “According to the victims,
Thompson stated it had to be either himself, his firstborn 6-year-old
son or the family dog – a small, white poodle weighing about 15 pounds.”