A Des Moines (Iowa) Police officer was struck in the face with a stuffed monkey while questioning a 24-year-old suspect who had caused a disturbance in a convenience store late Saturday.

Officer Andrew Pirtle stopped Preston James Phipps, 24, several blocks from the Git-N-Go convenience store at 2601 S.W. Ninth St., after allegedly causing problems and stealing several items, including the stuffed monkey.

Phipps was arrested and charged with fifth-degree theft, disorderly conduct, and assault on a police officer, reports the Des Moines Register.

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