Apparently, 21-year-old Daniel Velapino really loves cats. Like, really loves cats.
Recently, in Boca Raton, Florida Velapino allegedly stole money from a friend’s wallet, because he owed his mother $2,000. After stealing the money a police pursuit began. Velapino then stole a car, which later he abandoned to flee on foot. That’s when things got odd.
During the chase, Velapino stopped at the home of Candace Noonan. While Noonan was getting her child ready for school Velapino approached her back door. Valapino said he was mowing the lawn next door and asked for a bottle of water. When Noonan returned with the water, the man was laying on the floor playing with and petting her cat.
“It was odd, very odd,” Noonan said. “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 leaver their home. He fled and was captured shortly after by the marine unit who found him in a canal. Investigators said he had been on drugs the night before. The stolen car was was later searched after Velapino crashed it into police vehicles and fled. Inside the car police found Xanax, morphine and oxycodone pills.
While Velapino will most likely be spending time in jail for a considerable amount of time, at least he can look back fondly on the police chase and the time he spent with his new furry friend.