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Case ID: 19784
Classification: Beating, Choking / Strangulation / Suffocation, Throwing
Animal: cat
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Friday, Apr 6, 2012

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Jordan Lucas

A Vancouver man charged with animal cruelty for allegedly torturing a kitten is also facing several criminal offences including robbery.

Jordan Lucas, 28 was arrested Thursday in Richmond on a warrant for robbery and weapons and remanded in custody until his next court date on Aug. 30.

On Saturday, police said he has been charged with robbery, obstructing a police officer and a charge related to carrying false identification.

While on routine patrol through the parking lot of the Richmond Brighouse Canada Line Station, two officers spotted a man and woman crouched behind a dumpster, said Anne Drennan, a spokeswoman for the Transit police, in a news release Saturday.

When asked for ID, the man provided a false name which turned out to be an alias for Lucas, said Drennan. Lucas was wanted by Vancouver police for a robbery involving bear spray in November 2010.

The woman was identified and released.

Drennan said police chased Lucas into the Richmond Brighouse Station and up to the platform where he was arrested.

Police allege shortly before capture, Lucas dropped several stolen ID cards and a bank card.

The SPCA announced on Friday that Lucas faces one count of animal cruelty in connection with the alleged torture of a kitten.

In April, a woman bought a used cellphone and found the video of the black-and-white kitten being "violently abused and tortured," said Marcie Moriarty, general manager of cruelty investigations for the B.C. Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Moriarty said the abuse included throwing the kitten against furniture, as well as punching, slapping, strangling the animal, as well as swinging it around with a cord around its neck. The kitten groaned and cried throughout the video, Moriarty said, and appeared to be injured and disoriented.

SPCA spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk said it's not known whether the kitten survived.

"It was just sick but the kitten was alive at the end of it," she said. "We're trying to find out if the kitten is miraculously alive or what he did with it."

Only a male's hands were visible in the video, but Moriarty said the left hand had a distinctive tattoo, which police matched with one allegedly belonging to Lucas.

Lucas, who appeared in Vancouver for a bail hearing Friday, was also wanted for breach of probation on unrelated charges.

If convicted in the torture case, he faces up to five years in jail, a fine of up to $10,000 and up to a lifetime prohibition of owning or having custody of animals.


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