Louisiana man charged after licking Blue Bell ice cream in copycat video, deputies say

Just days after police tracked down the teenage girl who licked Blue Bell ice cream and returned it to a Walmart freezer in a stomach-churning viral video, a 36-year-old Louisiana man is behind bars for copying her actions, authorities said.

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According to WAFB-TV, Lenise Martin III was arrested Saturday after a video appeared to show him licking and sticking his finger in ice cream before reshelving it at a Belle Rose grocery store, the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Although Martin said he bought the tainted ice cream and showed his receipt to a store clerk, he now faces charges of tampering with property and unlawful posting of criminal activity, WAFB reported.

A Sheriff's Office spokesman called the incident "atrocious" and warned others against tampering with food.

"It is illegal," the spokesman told WAFB. "It's a health risk to others. We will pursue anyone we see do this. You will be charged."

A judge is expected to set bond for Martin on Monday, WAFB reported.

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Credit: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office

Credit: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office

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