A Oregon man who allegedly shot a chicken with a speargun while visiting Hawaii was arrested on animal cruelty charges and for violating the state’s mandatory quarantine with a friend.
On Saturday, special agents arrested 20-year-old Artyon Zhiryada from Happy Valley, Oregon, and 19-year-old Dan Vlasenko from Vancouver, Washington.
The two men were caught leaving a condominium on Lewers Street in Honolulu’s Waikiki neighborhood, according to Hawaii News Now.
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Tourists Dan Vlasenko (left) and Artyon Zhiryada (right) were arrested by special agents in Honolulu, Hawaii for violating quarantine regulations
The couple arrived in Oahu on May 16 and reportedly stayed in a friend’s apartment while visiting.
They quickly ignored Governor David Y. Ige’s orders to travelers to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. The mandate applies to all arrivals at national airports and inter-island travelers.
In the days before their arrest, Zhiryada and Vlasenko reportedly traveled to various places in Honolulu.
During this time, Zhiryada reportedly shot a chicken with a speargun in a video shared to social media.
Zhiryada (photo) is accused of shooting a chicken with a speargun after images of the incident surfaced on social media
In the footage, a man thought to be Zhiryada points to a speargun two chickens found in a parking lot.
“You’re crazy,” says one witness, as the man walks closer to the chickens.
The man then shoots the ailing chicken with a speargun while his friends laugh in the background.
Authorities said it was such social media posts that helped them track down Zhiryada and Vlasenko.
Zhiryada faces quarantine violations and animal cruelty allegations. His bail was set at $ 4,500.
Vlasenko was only charged with charges of quarantine violations and had a $ 4,000 bail.
Zhiryada is now facing animal cruel charges for this incident, in addition to costs for quarantine violations
Vlasenko (photo) was taken into custody and given a $ 4,000 bail after being arrested leaving a condominium in Honolulu
On Instagram, Vlasenko seemed to apologize for his actions.
“I want to apologize to anyone who was offended by the video I posted on my social media of my friend shooting a chicken with a harpoon,” he wrote.
“It was callous and disrespectful.”
Screenshots of Instagram DMs reportedly involving Zhiryada allow him to brag about how he “ broke quarantine. ”
Vlasenko apologized on Instagram for his behavior, saying the chicken video was “ disrespectful. ”
Direct posts on Instagram seem to have Zhiryada bragging about how he ‘quarantined’ because of his arrest
Zhiryada (pictured) is one of 15 people arrested in Hawaii in recent weeks for violating the state’s 14-day quarantine mandate
In a statement, Attorney General Clare Connors revealed that special agents have arrested 15 people over quarantine violations in recent weeks.
“Our special agents have arrested 15 quarantine violators in recent weeks, and the provincial police have arrested even more suspects,” she wrote.
“Again, we must warn residents returning and visitors coming to Hawai’i that they will be affected by violating our COVID-19 emergency rules.”
Misty Lynn Beutler, 51, of Moorpark, California, was another recent quarantine violator who was arrested in Hawaii.
According to a press release from Governor David Ige’s officeBeutler landed in Honolulu on May 9 to stay with her son in his apartment complex.
A resident of the complex claims they saw Buetler and her son unload her luggage that day. However, only two days later they saw her return to the residence with beach equipment in hand.
Misty Beutler (right) was arrested by the Hawaiian authorities on Friday after witnesses reported her a few days after arriving in Honolulu. She reportedly stayed with her son (left) in his apartment complex
On May 12, a witness reported that Beutler was walking her son’s dog
On May 12, the resident reported that Beutler was outside again – this time with her son’s dog.
Investigators went to the complex to interview the witness on Friday, May 22, and saw Beutler and her son get out of an elevator, ready to go out.
She was promptly arrested and taken into custody. Her bond is set at $ 2,000.
The 14-day self-quarantine mandate was first maintained in March, but was extended on April 1 with inter-island travelers.