Arrested: Russell Christopher Hofstad allegedly skinned and ate a cat while camping inside a Phoenix rave venue
A homeless man has been arrested after he allegedly skinned and ate a cat while camping inside a warehouse.
The building’s owners called police after they opened the warehouse in Phoenix, Arizona, which doubles as a music venue, on Wednesday and heard blaring music.
Entering the property, officers found Russell Christopher Hofstad inside with his face painted and the cat’s tail and some of its intestines around his neck.
Officers found the rest of the cats remains in the middle of the warehouse. According to the police report, seen by the Pheonix New Times, ‘the cat had been skinned and gutted.
‘The internal organs were on ice in a cooler used to hold water. There were screwdrivers and clippers next to the cat’s body.
‘There was a leg missing, and [Hofstad] was wearing the tail around his neck on a rope along with a piece of the cat’s internals.’
Hoffstad told officers he killed the cat because he was hungry, police claimed.
He allegedly said he’d clubbed the animal with a stick and used a butcher’s knife he’d found to skin and gut it.
Venue: Hofstad was arrested at this Pheonix warehouse, where he also allegedly let off fire extinguishers and left empty alcohol bottles throughout the building
Police claim Hofstad also said he was going to use its skeleton as party decorations. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary and animal cruelty.
The Arizona Republic reports Hofstad told officers had been released from jail on January 10 and had nowhere to go.
He allegedly decided to camp in the building because he had attended raves there.
Court documents seen by the paper said Hofstad also let off fire extinguishers and left empty alcohol bottles throughout the building.
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If he killed the cat quickly and without intention to cause pain, he should be let off. He was hungry and in some ways helping keep the stray population down. Now the taxpayer has to pay for a jail stint for this guy?!? How about giving the guy a break? Not everyone is a uniform taxpayer supported type, he’s a good fellow at heart probably. Suspicion of Burglary allows arrest? Where are his civil rights? Innocent until proven guilty, so how could he be arrested? Stop this selective bullying of the poor, though wearing properly skinned and cured tails as boas is sorta tolerable, the wearing of intestines is kinda incriminating . . . he probably needs a word or 2 to help him think this through at most, and to refill the fire extinguishers (stop being such a kid but this is not a jail worthy offence either), but not jail at taxpayer’s expense which has no relation to his issues if any.