Fugitive Thief Stops At Woman's House During Police Chase To Pet Her Cat
Cats are simply irresistible.
If you're getting chased by police, you probably shouldn't stop to pet a cat. But that's exactly what one Boca Raton, Florida man did.
According to WPBF, 21-year-old Daniel Velapatino owed his mother $2,000, so he stole thousands of dollars from his friend's wallet and fled on foot, then by stolen car, then on foot again once the friend alerted the police.
During the chase, Velapatino stopped at Candace Noonan's back door while she got her child ready for school, The Palm Beach Post reports. He had told her he was mowing the lawn next door and could use some water. After returning with a water bottle for him, she says the man was on the floor petting her cat.
"It was odd, very odd," Noonan told WPBF. "He was stroking my cat. It almost looked like he either was on drugs or he was mentally handicapped."
Noonan and her husband called the cops after growing suspicious and asked him to leave their home. He fled shortly after, and was captured by the marine unit who found him in a canal. Investigators say that he had been taking drugs the night before. In the stolen Lexus, which Velapino had crashed into the police vehicles during the chase, police also reported finding Xanax, morphine and oxycodone pills.
Noonan and her cat were unharmed. Velapino faces theft, fleeing and possession charges.