Saturday, August 5, 2017

Michigan: David Hu, 33, beat cat to death with a hammer; pushed away his roommate who tried to stop him

MICHIGAN -- Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday entered an apartment in the 700 block of Machette Ct. in Rochester Hills and found a man lying on the floor of his bedroom with a severely beaten, dead cat at his feet.

Oakland County sheriff's believe 33-year-old David Yn Hu had just previously finished "beating his cat with a hammer" after [claiming to have been] scratched, according to a statement issued by the sheriff's office.

"During the interview with detectives, the suspect stated he was angry with the cat because [he claimed] it bit and scratched him several times," sheriff's officials said. "He told detectives he 'felt pain and let out his anger,' so he hit the cat with the hammer.

"He [claims he] was unable to remember how many times he hit the cat."

Note: This article states that cat belonged to Hu. However, WWJ says the cat actually belonged to the roommate who tried to stop him.

Hu's roommate of nearly six months "tried to stop him" and Hu "pushed him back and continued to strike the cat with a hammer," sheriff's officials said. 

The roommate ran out of the apartment and called police.

"The cat had severe trauma to its head and was deceased," sheriff's officials said. "The hammer used to assault the cat was found under a shelving unit next to the body of the cat."

Hu on Friday was charged with killing or torturing an animal, a felony. He was placed in a suicide prevention vest at the time of his booking into the Oakland County Jail.

Bond for David Hu of Rochester Hills was set at $100,000 cash at an arraignment in 52nd-3rd Division District Court on Friday. If he does post bond, Hu is ordered to have no connect with the roommate.

In an interview with WWJ Newsradio 950 on Thursday, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard called this a “disgusting and disturbing” case on so many levels.

“What makes you think that, not that that’s not bad enough by itself, that those boundaries have clearly broken down in this person and they wouldn’t do that to a human?” the sheriff said.

(MLive - August 4, 2017)

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