One southside landmark fell to the ground Wednesday morning, and surveillance cameras showed exactly what happened -- the 10-foot rooster that stood in front of Señor Jaime's Mexican Restaurant.
It's been standing there for years, and its collapse was captured on surveillance video.
Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live along Everhart and Staples with the details.
The huge fiberglass rooster falls to the ground at exactly 6:27 a.m. Wednesday. In a different angle, the camera shows the rooster crash down, so loudly that it served as an alarm clock for a woman who had dozed off on the bench out in front of Señor Jaime's on Everhart.
"I don't know if someone was on foot and knocked it over, or pulled it over," said Jimmy Campbell, who owns the restaurant and now has the rooster in the back of his truck.
It turns out, hours before the rooster came down, surveillance footage shows a man slamming his body into the rooster, eventually climbing on top of it until it collapsed to the ground. He then picked it back up, stood it back in its place, and left. Hours later, the rooster came crashing down.
Campbell put Charlie, the rooster, in front of his restaurant four years ago, and it has since become a popular landmark that people definitely noticed missing on Wednesday.
"It's the first thing you see when you drive up, so I'm sorry to hear that someone could ruin that," Cammie Mungia said.
"That's like a landmark here you know," Robert Harvey said. "That's too bad. Why would they bother to tear it up?"
Campbell said that, since the rooster is made of fiberglass, it would have been hard to knock over; but from two different angles and two different surveillance cameras, no person or truck can be seen knocking over the $3,000 attraction.
"Rather disappointed coming to work and finding that something really important to us has been destroyed," Campbell said.
Campbell said he hopes to have a replacement bird back in front of his restaurant by next week, and that he may get the current rooster repaired, or could replace it with its twin, which is sitting in his backyard.
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