PSP: Bat-wielding man attacked wife, 'severely' beat her cats
An East Prospect man angry that his video game wasn't working properly assaulted his wife with a softball bat, then savagely attacked her three cats with it, according to allegations in charging documents.
Brandon Allen Park, 23, killed at least one of the cats and severely injured the other two, leaving blood spatter on a wall of the couple's home, state police said.
Police noted in charging documents that Park's attack on the cats amounted to torture.
Park was arraigned Friday, Feb. 16, on three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count each of simple assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and summary harassment. The charge of aggravated cruelty to animals is a third-degree felony.
Court records state he was being committed to York County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Troopers were called to Park's home in the first block of Lemon Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.
Their investigation determined Park briefly left his home after becoming "upset" about a malfunctioning video game and returned "in a more stable mood," documents state.
'Enraged': At that point, Park's wife tried to fix the game, but her efforts "enraged" him, police say. The York Dispatch is withholding her name.
Park grabbed a metal softball bat and threw it at her, hitting her in the chin, left arm and foot, documents allege.
He then left their home again, warning his wife that if she was still at home when he returned, "then he was going to kill her," charging documents state.
The woman fled to a neighbor's apartment and stayed there for about five minutes, until she saw Park drive away, police said.
When she returned home, she found that Park had beaten her three cats with the bat, documents state.
At least 1 dead: One was confirmed dead, but the other two suffered serious injuries, according to police.
Park returned home while troopers were still there and was arrested without incident, police said.
He admitted to hitting the cats with the softball bat, documents state.
In 2014, Park was charged with simple assault in York County and pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2015 in exchange for a probationary sentence, according to court records.
Park could not be reached for comment. It's unclear whether he has retained an attorney.
For more information about the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty, read this ASPCA report.
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