MIDDLETOWN, NY (PIX11) — The man suspected of stabbing a 29-year-old woman repeatedly at a Bed Bath & Beyond in New Jersey Thursday is also the suspect in the torching of a cat on Christmas Eve, authorities said.
The suspect, Tyrik Haynes, 19, adopted a cat from the PetCo across the street from the store where the woman was attacked, according to the chief of Monmouth County’s SPCA. The SPCA said he burned the cat alive while it was in its carrier, by using a lighter and an aerosol spray can. The cat got away, and was apparently never found again.
The suspect did not hurt the child but he left the mother bleeding on the store floor and took off. The woman remains in critical but stable condition.
“Oh my God, woah!” exclaimed one Middletown resident who was leaving the parking lot of the store once she realized why the was closed early.
Michael Mascolo of Middletown shares the sentiment.
“I’m shocked to hear what happened here, this is unbelievable.”