Tiger's victim now bares her teeth at cop

Jacqueline Eide In November, the Omaha woman was treated for injuries after she tried to pet a tiger at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.


The Omaha woman who authorities say was bitten by a tiger at the city's zoo last fall was behind bars herself on Sunday after authorities reportedly found her staggering in the street and harassing a man and two teenage boys.

Before authorities could get Jacqueline Eide behind bars, though, Eide tried to take a bite of her own — out of an officer, according to police.

Police say they were called to the area of 30th and Mason Streets about 3 p.m. Saturday because a woman reportedly was harassing two youths.

Officers arriving on the scene encountered Eide, 33, whom they described as "intoxicated and irrational." She was carrying a large plastic cup that she told police contained vodka and orange juice.

The man who called police told them that the woman had repeatedly tried to bear-hug two teenage boys who were helping him paint an apartment building.

Officers arrested Eide on suspicion of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and having an open container of liquor in a public place.

Eide kept yelling at the man and teens, so police took her to Police Headquarters, according to the report. There, she tried to bite an officer, police said.

She was being held Sunday on $5,000 bail.

In November, Eide was treated for injuries to fingers on her left hand after she tried to pet a tiger at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, prosecutors have said. The incident is believed to have occurred about 4 a.m. Nov. 1. Hours later, Omaha police were called to Creighton University Medical Center to handle a disturbance involving Eide, who was described as showing signs of intoxication.

Authorities in their criminal complaint say that Eide damaged zoo property. Officers also ticketed a boy, who they believe was with Eide, on suspicion of trespassing.

Eide waived her right to a jury trial in that incident and agreed to enter a plea deal with prosecutors after being charged with trespassing, criminal mischief and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Defense attorney James Martin Davis said his client will enter a plea during an April 4 hearing in Douglas County Court.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1272, kevin.cole@owh.com

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