COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- A Council Bluffs man faces several charges after witnesses told police he threw a cat from a seventh-floor apartment window with his pants down.
On Wednesday morning, officers were called to 455 W. Broadway for a report of someone tossing a cat from an apartment and exposing himself. According to the police report, officers found a gray cat, which later died, bleeding and barely breathing near the sidewalk.Witnesses told police they saw a man expose himself from the seventh floor of an apartment building across the street. They told police he then threw the cat out the window.Officers identified the apartment from which the witnesses said the cat was thrown and made contact with a man inside.
The 29-year-old man, identified as Gerardo Martinez, answered the door shirtless with his pants down, the police report said. Officers asked him to pull his pants up and asked him about the cat.Martinez, who admitted to using meth, first denied having a cat, police said. Later, he changed his story and told police his boyfriend threw the cat from the window three hours prior, police said.When police told Martinez that witnesses said the cat was thrown more recently, he said he attempted to have sex with the cat and then threw it out the window, along with a pornographic DVD, police said.
Police arrested Martinez and witnesses identified him as the man from the window.Martinez -- who turned 30 on Thursday -- has been charged with animal torture, bestiality and indecent exposure, according to the Pottawattamie County attorney.He's being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail and faces up to five years in jail if convicted.
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