Armed man invades pet shelter and asks where the cats are


A man wearing military tactical gear and carrying a gun kidnapped an Australian animal shelter worker on Monday, tied her up and threatened to shoot her unless she revealed “where all the cats are” .

A suspect was arrested on Tuesday when he showed up at the same shelter to claim a cat he called a “support animal for a friend with mental health issues”, according to the Australian news site News .com.

Tony Wittmann, 44, a former soldier, was charged by the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court with kidnapping, forcible confinement, aggravated burglary, armed robbery and gun-related offenses in connection with the Lost Dogs Home incident in Cranbourne.

The guard worker – a 23-year-old woman – was approached in the shelter’s parking lot around 10:20 p.m. Monday by a man in camouflage gear, a hood and a helmet, the Guardian reported. Believing he was a policeman, she got out of her car. The man then showed his rifle and ordered her to enter the shelter, where he forced her to kneel, tied her hands with zippers and demanded to know where the cats were. .

He left without taking anything, and the woman was able to free herself.

The next day, Wittmann showed up at the shelter for an appointment he made Monday afternoon to pick up a cat.

He was arrested and police said he confessed in an interview to the kidnapping.

Representing himself at a bail hearing on Wednesday, Wittmann told the court he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, reported.

A police detective said Wittmann had served in the Australian military from 1995 to 1997 and was dismissed from his post for “failing to render an effective service”.

Bail has been denied and Wittmann is due to return to court in April.


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