Menlo Park ‘Rodent King’ busted for meth

Charles Jeffrey Danoff/Flickr

Charles Jeffrey Danoff/Flickr

The “rodent king” has apparently ratted himself out.

Nearly a decade ago, 55-year-old Robert Hollywood snagged headlines following his arrest for hording hundreds of rats and mice, both dead and alive, in his Menlo Park home.

Apparently Hollywood still doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the law. He will return to court Wednesday morning in connection with another bizarre case in which he reportedly told a police officer last month that he was on probation and consented to a search.

Only problem? Hollywood wasn’t on probation, prosecutors said, and the cop who searched him allegedly found a small amount of methamphetamine and marijuana.

Hollywood was arrested for possession and is scheduled to appear for a superior court arraignment Wednesday morning, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

In 2004, Wagstaffe added, Hollywood was convicted of felony animal cruelty after over 200 domesticated rats and mice were found in his home. Numerous dead rats were also reportedly found inside his refrigerator and down the kitchen disposal.

If convicted on the drug charges, Hollywood will be eligible under Prop. 36 to receive drug treatment rather than a jail sentence, partly because he is a nonviolent offender.


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