It happened Tuesday morning at the Social Security Administration offices on Waples Mill Road in Fairfax.
Fairfax County police say a woman had been yelling at office employees. When a security guard approached her, the woman hit the guard in the head with her fanny pack. The guard then escorted her outside where she threatened him with a knife.
Officers arrested 56-year-old Laurie Weaver of New York and searched her fanny pack. Inside, they found a small pigeon.
Weaver was charged with attempted unlawful wounding. The bird, who appeared to be unharmed, was taken to an animal shelter. There, police say, the bird will remain until “after the investigation is complete” – apparently considered to be evidence in the case. Then it will be allowed to fly the coop.