Man Beat "Possessed" Roommate, Killed Cat: Miami-Dade Police

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    A Miami man was arrested after he killed a cat and attacked his elderly roommate, police said. (Published Friday, Aug 22, 2014)

    A Miami man was arrested after he killed a cat and attacked his elderly roommate, police said.

    Joshua Diaz, 24, is facing charges of animal cruelty, battery and battery on a person over 65 following his arrest late Thursday, Miami-Dade Police said.

    Diaz was being held on $5,000 bond Friday and it was unknown if he has an attorney.

    According to an arrest report, Diaz choked 72-year-old Elanor Wallace, his roommate, on Monday causing her to lose consciousness for a couple of minutes. When the woman woke up, Diaz was on top of her trying to wake her up, the report said.

    Diaz told the woman if she called police he would kill her, the report said.

    "He told me, 'If you cry... If I see even a tear or fear in your eyes, I will kill you right now,'" Wallace said.

    Diaz later admitted to killing the cat, saying he did so because it scratched his head, the report said. The cat's body was found in a bag in a trash can, the report said.

    He was also asked by officers if he had attacked his roommate.

    "[Diaz] stated he did not, but believed that the victim was possessed," the report said.

    A judge told Diaz in bond court he could not continue living with Wallace. When Diaz said he could stay with his uncle, the judge asked, "Your uncle doesn't have any cats, does he?"

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