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Teen Charged in Animal Attacks at Frying Pan Park

Goats, calf and chicken were slashed at barn; horses at nearby stables.

Fairfax County Police have charged a 17-year-old Herndon-area boy in connection with the on May 26 and April 26.

Based on a tip investigators received on Friday, officers arrested the teen on Saturday around 4 p.m. at the Reston Police District station, police said.

WJLA TV reports that a 22-inch machete was recovered when police made the arrest.

The youth has been charged with four felony counts of maiming animals, three misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of unlawful entry.

In the May 26 attack, two goats, a calf and a chicken were injured at Kidwell Barn in Frying Pan Park. The in a barn adjacent to the park.

The Friends of Fairfax County Parks offered  for information leading to suspect. FCPD spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell says the reward is usually collected upon conviction.

John Whitten June 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Absolutely right. This kind of thing has been often documented in the case histories and criminal profiles of serial killers. Apparently many of them, as they are just starting out, act out their ... wackiness... on animals and small children who cannot defend themselves. Over time the events become more aggressive, violent and sadistic as they get used to what it is they're doing. I have no doubt at all that the police have done a fabulous job of apprehending a Ted Bundy wannabe in the making. Kudos to the cops! Now if we can just manage to hang on to him and not let him slip through our fingers in some misguided, soft-hearted attempt to "give him another chance". I absolutely believe in the idea of "inherent evil". There are some people who, for whatever reason, are so severely mentally damaged that they are simply beyond redemption. To permit them to walk amongst us is foolish and dangerous, and whomever would advocate such a course would be, in my mind, a contributor to whatever future acts the individual might commit. We've got him now. Don't wait for it to escalate. Next time it could be your kids-- or it could be mine. It could be your wife or daughter. It could even be you.
John Whitten June 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM
That's wonderful. But will it make a difference when he's standing over you with the knife?
Don Joy July 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Based on the suspect's statements about making a video of him riding a horse, we have to wonder where is the video (if it exists)--do the police have it? If not, who does? The kid had to have someone else involved if his intention was to make a video of him riding a horse... Seeing as there's now a recurrence, and the kid in question is already in custody, the situation points to either a copycat, or another/others involved with the first suspect continuing the attacks.
Vasquez2 July 11, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Stop calling him an "animal", animals don't hate. He's evil, plain and simple, nothing less.
Leslie Perales Loges August 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
The teen charged in this case was convicted yesterday. His sentencing will be later this year. Check out the full update on Herndon Patch here: http://herndon.patch.com/articles/teen-convicted-in-herndon-area-animal-slashings

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