A 29-year-old man accused of killing a Jack Russell terrier after attempting to steal a jacket from a dog walker in Pioneer Square near Courthouse Park has been arrested, Seattle police reported.
Fearing the man would take his jacket through force, the 67-year-old dog walker pepper-sprayed the suspect, who backed away, then returned, according to an item in the Seattle Police Department’s online blotter on Monday.
“As the victim was walking away, the suspect ran up behind him and kicked his dog so hard she flew into the air,” and pushed him down, according to the police blotter.
“When he stood up to go to his dog, he could see she was deceased,” police reported. The 14-year-old terrier was named Alice, according to court documents.
The suspect fled the scene Saturday afternoon, but officers identified him based on the dog walker’s description and prior interactions with law enforcement and emergency responders.
On Sunday evening, officers arrested him less than a block from where the incident took place on suspicion of first-degree animal cruelty and attempted second-degree robbery. He was booked into King County Jail and, while prosecutors asked at an initial court appearance Monday for him to be held on $25,000 bail, he was released on his own recognizance, the King County Prosecutor’s office said.
According to court documents, the suspect told police he intended to kick the dog walker, not the dog.