A Houston County grand jury has indicted a 29-year-old man on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, tampering with evidence and making false statements to police in the killing of his mother’s dog.
Antonio Robert Aquino, of Centerville, is accused of hanging a dachshund named Dixie and planting false evidence to blame his estranged wife, police said.
When police were dispatched Oct. 20 to the Montrose Lane home that Aquino shared with his mother, the dog was hanging by the neck from an electrical cord that was wrapped around the door knob of an outdoor utility closet, Centerville police Chief Sid Andrews said.
Aquino blamed his estranged wife and continued to call investigators throughout the week, including a call in which he claimed he found evidence, Andrews said. Aquino is accused of planting hair he claimed belonged to his estranged wife on a privacy fence. He told police he thought she climbed over the fence and killed the dog.
After ruling out the estranged wife, police began to look at Aquino. He first denied his involvement but ultimately confessed, Andrews said.
Aquino said he killed the dog to get back at his estranged wife, Andrews said.
Also indicted Tuesday were:
Vanessa Angelette Bell, 26, of Warner Robins, on charges of aggravated assault, reckless conduct, hit and run and other traffic-related charges.
Bell is accused of attempting to run a man off the road March 21 while he was driving down Lake Joy Road and then failing to stop at the scene of the accident, according to the indictment.
Douglas Warran Cooper, 41, of Centerville, on charges of attempted rape, aggravated assault, simple battery and hindering an emergency call.
Cooper is accused striking a woman with a belt, trying to remove her clothes during an attempted rape and snatching a phone away from her as she tried to call 911 for help in a Jan. 11 incident in Houston County, according to the indictment.
Antoinette Nicole Durham, 27, of Centerville on charges of aggravated assault and possession of knife during the commission of a felony. She’s accused of stabbing a man in the back with a knife in a Dec. 22 incident in Warner Robins, the indictment stated.
Sylvia English, 19, of Warner Robins, on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. She is accused of attacking a man with a knife and slashing the knife in the direction of a woman in a Nov. 30 incident in a home in Houston County, the indictment stated.
Michael Daniel Pratt, 34, who had both a Perry and Bonaire address listed on the indictment, on charges of first-degree cruelty to children. Pratt is accused of striking a child in the head with a bottle and striking the child in the face and head with his hands, the indictment stated.
Shaun Deltonio Radford, 37, of Bonaire, on charges of serious injury by vehicle, drunken driving, hit and run and other traffic-related offenses. Radford is accused of failing to stop at a stop sign on Utah Avenue while he was allegedly driving his motorcycle under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop after being involved in an accident Sept. 27 in which three people were hurt, according to the indictment.
Michael Phillip Ross Jr., 22, who had one Warner Robins and two Byron addresses listed on the indictment, on charges of aggravated battery and first-degree cruelty to children. Ross is accused of breaking a child’s leg with his hands during a Nov. 30 incident in Houston County, the indictment stated.
Stephen Craig Scott, 46, of Perry, on charges of terroristic threats, drunken driving, fleeing and attempting to elude police, and other traffic-related charges. Scott is accused of fleeing after police attempted to pull him over Dec. 4 for speeding 20 miles over the speed limit on Gardner Drive and then threatening and lunging at the arresting police officer, according to the indictment.
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