Yesterday, Prince George’s County Police arrested Lamont Stephenson, a man on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for allegedly murdering his girlfriend Olga DeJesus and her dog in 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Metropolitan Police Department in DC also had a warrant out for his arrest in connection to the murder of Natina Kiah and her cat on Wednesday in SE.
In response, Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of the Humane Rescue Alliance is issuing the following statement:
“We commend Prince George’s County Police and the Metropolitan Police Department for their swift action in identifying and arresting the suspect, as well as the Newark Police Department and FBI for their dedication to bringing him to justice. We offer our deepest condolences to the victims of these heinous crimes and to their loved ones.
The link between people who torture and kill animals and perpetrators of violence toward humans is well documented. Those who abuse animals should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to prevent them from escalating to violent crimes against people. We urge anyone who witnesses animal cruelty to speak up – lives depend on it.”
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