Alleged Phone Thief 'Projectile Vomits' When Confronted by Police

Nashville police recently reported a case of petty theft that left authorities with a literal mess on their hands. On Tuesday, a robbery suspect who admitted to stealing a woman's phone began "projectile vomiting" when questioned by police.

According to WKRN, the incident occurred when the victim was walking on the sidewalk at an undisclosed location. The suspect reportedly trailed behind her on his bicycle, then allegedly swiped her phone out of her hand and fled the scene.

The victim rushed to a nearby business and used their phone to call authorities. She offered a description of the alleged thief to officers, who located the suspect.

As the 23-year-old suspect, whose name was not available in the report, was questioned by police, he reportedly admitted to committing the crime. Immediately after, police said the suspect begun "projectile vomiting" on a random vehicle.

WKRN added that the suspect was arrested and taken to the Metro jail. According to the report, he now faces misdemeanor charges with a bond set at $1,000.

Newsweek attempted to contact the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.

Meanwhile, some people have taken to Twitter to discuss the incident.

"Folks, I found the worst criminal nickname," wrote the satirical account @pourmeacoffee, in response to WKRN's headline that referred to the suspect as a "'projectile vomiting' phone thief."

"Sure...tell that to Spraying Diarrhea Bank Robber," quipped @DDavis2 in the replies.

Writer Emily L. Hauser jokingly added that the nickname is actually a pretty "good name for a punk band."

In other bizarre crime news, it was reported earlier this week that a man's decision to post a photo of Stilton cheese ultimately led to his arrest. Carl Stewart was wanted by police on charges related to "supplying large amounts of class A and B drugs"—and after posting an image of a block of Stilton in his hand, authorities were able to identify him by analyzing his palm and fingerprints.

About a month earlier, in April, two thieves broke into a Denny's in Indiana, only to run to the kitchen and cook themselves some eggs for breakfast. The total cost of damages and losses resulting from the crime amounted to about $1.

Cyclist in London
A cyclist riding in a London bike lane, 2010. The "vomiting" thief involved in this week's Nashville crime was said to be traveling via bike. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images