What started out as an attempt by a man to shoplift chicken by stuffing the bird down his pants took a violent turn in Peterborough, Ont., last Saturday.
Police said an employee watched a man place four packages of chicken down his pants and walk out of a No Frills grocery store.
When a security guard at the store tried to stop him from leaving, the man turned violent and punched him, police said.
Jessie Adam Johnson, 31, is charged with theft, assault with intent to resist arrest and breach of probation.
He is to appear in court April 21.