While it’s often recommended people stop and smell the flowers, taking time out to pet cats can lead to arrest.
At least that was the case for a Boca Raton man last week who, in the middle of fleeing police, stopped by a home, asked for water and the proceeded to lay down and play with the homeowner’s cats.
All that happened after the man is accused of taking $2,000 out of a friend’s wallet following a night of partying, according to UPI. The man then crashed a Lexus into multiple vehicles, including a cop car and a fire hydrant, before he bailed into a residential area.
At that point, both the Boca Raton and Delray Beach police departments were on his tail.The man walked up to Candace Noonan’s back sliding-glass door and let himself in, saying he was a landscaper working next door. He asked her for a glass of water and she oblige, first coast new reported.
When she returned with the water, the man was lying down on the floor, playing with her cats.
“It was odd, very odd,” First Coast News quoted Noonan as saying.
When Noonan’s husband tried to question the man, he fled outside and tried to get away from police by diving into the Intracoastal Waterway.
The crew onboard a police boat landed the catch that resulted in an Aug. 28 trip to the Palm Beach County Jail.
Daniel Pinedo-Velapatino, 21, now faces a long list of charges, including burglary of an occupied dwelling, three counts of drug possession, three counts of assault, hit and run, and grand theft auto, among others.
He was still being held in the Palm Beach County Jail Wednesday, according to jail records.