Monday, June 19, 2017

Man Stomps Kitten to Death at Belleville MetroLink Station, Police Say

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 1:05 PM

  • SHUTTERSTOCK / Sigit Adhi Wibowo
A St. Louis man brutally killed his own kitten Friday morning at the Belleville MetroLink station after he was told the animal could not ride on the train with him, according to St. Clair County police.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports that DeCarlos Edwards Johnson-Foston, 23, allegedly approached the MetroLink platform with the kitten on his shoulder when a security guard stopped him and explained that the animal would not be allowed on the train. In response, Johnson-Foston violently threw the animal to the ground, then stomped on its head. The kitten died; Johnson-Foston boarded a bus.

According to the Post-Dispatch, police were called around 7:15 a.m. They apprehended Johnson-Foston at College Station. While on the bus, they allege, Johnson-Foston also stole someone's wallet.

Johnson-Foston has been charged for aggravated cruelty to animals, a class 4 felony, with bond set at $75,000.

"Actions like this are so senseless, it is hard to comprehend at times," Capt. Bruce Fleshren said in a statement. "If you cannot or will not take care of an animal, please take it to the nearest shelter for proper care."

Police believe the horrific scene was caught on surveillance video. They ask that anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the sheriff's department at 618-239-2526.

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