A parolee accused of burglarizing a Riverside home and killing the owners’ dog with a machete was charged Wednesday with animal cruelty and other felonies.

Armando Rosas Medina, 23, was arrested Sunday, immediately after the alleged break-in on Wagner Way, near Hole Avenue.

Along with the animal cruelty count, Medina is charged with vehicle theft, burglary and resisting arrest. He’s being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside and is slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Medina was allegedly armed with a machete when he kicked in the back door to a residence in the 10300 block of Wagner about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and grabbed several items, then proceeded into the backyard, where he used the weapon to strike the homeowners’ dog several times, inflicting fatal injuries, according to police.

Moments later, Medina made his way into the street fronting the house and allegedly got into the victims’ car. He attempted to drive away before he was surrounded by members of the household, who corralled him and called 911, according to police.

Officers arrived within a couple of minutes and forcibly took the convicted felon into custody. No one was injured.

According to court records, Medina has prior convictions for attempted robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


–City News Service

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