A 21-year-old man on the run from police was reportedly stopped from carrying out a potential burglary by the cuteness of two cats at a home in Boco Raton, Florida.
The Huffington Post reported that Daniel Pinedo Velapatino led the police on a wild goose chase from Delray Beach last week, after having stolen thousands of dollars from a friend. Because he was high on drugs, he smashed into a bunch of cars attempting to escape from the them.
Velapatino knocked on the door of homeowner Candace Noonan, telling her he was a landscape gardener and asking her for a drink of water. She was suspicious but went to fetch the young man a drink.
According to WPBF, when she answered the door with, “Excuse me, can I help you?” He said, “Oh, I’m so sorry. Next door, I’m mowing the lawn. Do you mind if I have a glass of water?”
When Noonan returned she found the fugitive curled up on the floor in the most curious way, petting her two cats.
“It was odd, very odd,” she said. “He was stroking my cat. It almost looked like he either was on drugs or he was mentally handicapped.”
At this point Noonan’s husband came to the door and began questioning Valapatino more seriously, at which point he he fled out of the back door. The Noonan’s then alerted the police of his whereabouts.
The suspect was hard to catch and managed to elude the police for many hours. The Palm Beach Post reported that two police agencies working together finally chased the fugitive down after a police cruiser was damaged and a number of homes robbed.
When he was arrested, Valapatino told the cops that he stole the money from his buddy because he had an outstanding debt with his mother which he wanted to pay back.
A warrant for Valapatino’s arrest has been outstanding since June when he stole a car, and he has been arrested on drugs charges a number of times before but never convicted.
He will now be looking at some serious prison time as charges are brought against him for grand theft, eluding police and possession of drugs.