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Taco Bell Rat Poison Claims in Colorado Lead to Police Investigation

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This July 30, 2019 file photo shows a sign outside a Taco Bell restaurant in Conyers, Georgia.

A man in Colorado has been hospitalized after eating a Taco Bell meal that allegedly contained rat poison, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office public information officer John Bartmann told USA TODAY on Wednesday.

Authorities are still working to confirm whether or not the man ingested rat poison — and, if so, whether or not rat poison was put in his food at the restaurant.

As of now, the case is categorized as a criminal attempted murder, Bartmann said.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, went to a Taco Bell in Aurora on Sunday afternoon, Bartmann explained. Officers responded to a verbal disturbance call from the restaurant’s drive-thru around 1 pm after the man argued with staff because the soda machine was not working.