|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
|Carlos Eduardo Valladares-Guillen, 24||Threw kitten out of car window, kitten dies||
|July 17, 2003||
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
|Felony||fugitive from justice||
Livonia police are calling a local father's actions a horrific act of animal cruelty. Police said a father threw his child's pet kitten out a car window while driving on a busy local freeway.
The man's daughter was apparently in the vehicle with him when he threw the animal out onto the side of Interstate 275 near Interstate 96.
A witness driving behind the man said he was going at least 70 mph when the animal was thrown out the window. "I observed that it was something full of fur. Then when it hit the ground and I saw it roll ... and it was moving and in a lot of pain. I realized it was a baby kitten," said Francisco Solano, who witnessed the incident.
Solano immediately contacted police to report the man's license plate number.
"The investigator said (the father's) only remorse was that he got caught, but he really didn't have any remorse for what occurred," said Lt. Ben McDermott of the Livonia Police Department.
The father apparently told police he had to dispose of the kitten because the apartment complex where they live does not allow pets.
Police are reportedly pursuing felony charges against the man.
Update 7/18/03: Carlos Valladares-Guillen, 24, of Wixom, was arraigned on charges that he threw the family kitten out the window of his car. After taking pictures of the dead 3-month-old kitten for evidence, police tracked the license plate number to Guillen's home in Wixom. Investigators said Guillen eventually confessed to the crime.
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Guillen plead not guilty to the felony charges in court. If convicted of the felony charges, he could face up to 4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He will also likely be deported back to El Salvador.
“This was a wanton and willful disregard of life,” Assistant Prosecutor Robert Donaldson stated.
Valladares-Guillen told police he found the kitten in the alley of his apartment complex and wanted to give it a home. The feline was to be a pet for his 5-month old daughter.
“People have gone crazy over this case,” said Sean Daigle, Valladares-Guillen’s attorney. “He is a family man with a 5-month old baby who attends church and plays the guitar.”
Valladares-Guillen faces up to 4 years in prison, a $5,000 fine and 500 hours of community service if convicted.
Update 7/19/03: Friends and family members of Valladares-Guillen said he's a good guy who is confused about all the attention he's getting.
Detectives say Valladares-Guillen has shown no remorse for his alleged actions. "The investigator said (the man's) only remorse was that he got caught, but he really didn't have any remorse for what occurred," said Lt. Ben McDermott of the Livonia Police Department.
Valladares-Guillen has been living and working in Wixom for 5 years. He was released on a $5,000 bond.
Update 11/6/03: A judge has issued an arrest warrant for Carlos Eduardo Valladares-Guillen.
Valladares-Guillen failed to show up for his sentencing.
Valladares-Guillen pleaded guilty to a felony count of animal cruelty in October. He was released on bond following his arrest in July.
Valladares-Guillen said that he did not throw the kitten out of a car window while the vehicle was moving, but said he was guilty to avoid being deported. The man said he believes he was set up by someone who harbored a grudge against him.
Valladares-Guillen's attorney says her client skipped a hearing for a larceny charge in Oakland County two weeks ago. She hasn't had contact with him since.
Update 10/29/03: Valladares-Guillen is a fugitive from justice. He was sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison for 2 counts of larceny in Oakland County. He also failed to appear in court on the felony animal cruelty charges. It is believed that Valladares-Guillen has fled to El Salvador.
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