"I'm going to kill you, you're dead!" An Australian man living an apartment flat in a Sydney suburb reportedly screamed early in the morning on Nov. 21, sometime before 2 a.m.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that this was followed by what sounded like a woman screaming hysterically and furniture being tossed violently around the apartment. Naturally, the man's neighbors were extremely concerned and contacted authorities when the violent cacophony continued.
The police showed up to the man's flat at around 2 a.m. where they discovered a man who was "flushed" and out of breath, according to the Sydney Morning Herald and CNN.
Police were initially frightened that some kind of violent altercation had occurred between the man and a female. But the nature of the visit soon took an amusing turn, as the local police department recanted the story on its Facebook page. The post reads something like this:
"Where's your wife?" one of the policeman asked the man.
"I don't have one," he responded.
"Where's your girlfriend?" the officer continued to press.
"I don't have one," he said.
Puzzled, and beginning to get annoyed with the man, one of the officers said that they had received a report of a woman screaming in the man's flat. The officers clarify the complaint further, telling him that they also have reports of death threats, screams and the sound of furniture being flung around the apartment.
The man then realized what the officers were talking about, and explained: the "victim" they were searching for was a large spider that the man had just killed, and the screams that the man's neighbors heard had been his own voice.
"Yeah sorry that was me," he apologized. "I really, really hate spiders."
The police searched the apartment anyway, conscious that the man might be lying, but in the end they did indeed find the rather large 8-legged victim that the man had been so terrified of.
"After a very long pause, some laughter and a quick look in the unit to make sure there was no injured party (apart from the spider) we left," Harbourside LAC wrote on its Facebook page.