Officers with the Riverside Police Department say that a 23-year-old man, Armando Medina, was arrested on a slew of criminal charges after he allegedly broke into a home, stole items, and killed the owner’s 8-month-old dog with a machete.
ABC 7 reports that around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, police responded to a call about a burglary in progress at a home in the 10300 block of Wagner Way. In a press release, authorities stated that Medina, a convicted felon, kicked open the homeowner’s back door and began stealing items before running out of the home and into the backyard where he came face-to-face with the homeowner’s dog, a Siberian Husky.
It was reported that the burglary suspect killed the dog with a machete before running to the front of the house. Medina supposedly made an attempt to steal the homeowner’s vehicle, but he was caught and became surrounded by members of the home until Riverside police arrived at the scene.
Responding officers were able to arrest Medina after a brief struggle. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on charges of “residential burglary, attempted auto theft, cruelty to an animal, resisting arrest using violence and parole violations.”
Officials with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services arrived at the scene and collected the dogs’ remains, police say.
As of now, the burglary suspect does not have a bond.