(CBS Seattle) — A ferret phobia led to a standoff of sorts outside a Capitol Hill bar Saturday.

The victim is a doorman for a bar in the 1400 block of 12th Avenue and told police the trouble first started several weeks ago when he first noticed the suspect walking with his ferret, KOMO News reported. The victim told police he started going inside the bar whenever he saw the man with the ferret walk by. Somehow the suspect figured out he didn’t like ferrets and started approaching the doorman, standing close and pushing the ferret toward him.

According to KOMO, the situation escalated and the suspect started pointing pepper spray at the victim while he was walking by the bar.

The victim told police the suspect approached him Saturday outside the bar with the ferret and pepper spray. The suspect reportedly had the pepper spray about five inches from the victim’s eyes. A verbal confrontation followed, causing one of the servers at the bar to come outside and separate the two men. The victim called 911, but the suspect was gone by the time officers arrived.

The police report stated the suspect returned to the bar about an hour later, and this time the victim took a picture of him. Police were able to track down the suspect near East Pike Street and Broadway. The suspect pointed the pepper spray at an officer and was arrested for harassment and investigation of assault against an officer.

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