Local residents of a Mesa, AZ neighborhood, through vigilance and determination, identified an animal abuser and danger to society and led police to make an arrest earlier this month.
The case was disturbing enough that local residents and businesses put up $5,000 toward a reward and the HSUS added another $2,500, to get the person off the streets.
Our stories $7,500 Reward Offered For Mesa AZ Catnapper, from August 31, and Arrest Made in Mesa AZ Catnappings, from September 4, followed the case, which can be summed up, in brief, as follows:
Neighborhood vigilance led to the arrest of Scott Andrew Graham for the catnapping and killing of a Mesa, AZ cat whose August 8 abduction was captured on surveillance video, and whose mutilated body was later found in the area. Neighbors have reported 12 cats missing; two other cats were found dead.
Graham, who lives with relatives in the neighborhood, admitted to authorities that he took between 30 to 40 cats but denies hurting any of them. He claims to have taken them home, played with them, then released them. Evidence at the home Graham is staying at, and in the car, along with the surveillance footage all led to the arrest.
Neighborhood residents, who were afraid for their pets and their children before the catnapper’s arrest, were pleased and relieved when he was arrested and charged. Now the mood has changed, as all charges but a single minor count were dropped today.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, citing lack of evidence, will not prosecute Scott Andrew Graham. The attorney’s Office sent the case back to Mesa police for more evidence, and a Mesa police spokesperson said their detectives won’t pursue the case.
Though the suspect admitted to stealing 30 to 40 cats, was captured on video stealing Biscuit, who was found mutilated and dead the following day, and whose car trunk had cat hairs in it and reportedly smelled like death, the case has been dropped.
Neighborhood residents say that for them the case is not over and they want Graham to know they are watching him. It is our opinion that they cannot watch him too closely, and they should keep their pets and children inside, alarm their homes, and maintain security patrols 24/7 for as long as the catnapper lives in their midst.
18 thoughts on “Charges Against Mesa Catnapper and Alleged Cat Killer Are Dropped”
If I had a clean shot on that scumbag…… Shame on Phoenix as well, too busy asking for papers now.
What is wrong with people?!
What goes around, comes around; life will hopefully dole out more punishment than could be given by the legal system…..
They have him on video taking the cat who was found dead the next day what else do you need?? We have been let down again by our so called legal system. Sounds like we need a new legal system or at least a new DA.
He’s probably a relative of the mayor or something like that……those people are different then you and me.
This is outrageous! I thought Sheriff Joe was an animal lover!
So because you were a cruel d-bag, it is okay. I don’t even know where to begin with my reply to your self-centered, egotistic, poorly written, poorly spelled, grammatically stunted, circular logic-filled, biased note to the posters here on this site. Fortunately, time is short so my reply will be as well.
You make so many fallacious arguments, from appeal to an anonymous authority (of sorts) to straw man and weasel wording that you sound, well rather like a complete dolt.
People here are venting, and showing their frustration not actually thinking about perpetrating the cruel acts that you yourself, though self-admission, are guilty of inflicting on other sentient beings. I can however say that this statement, to follow, is not just a vent. I would love to have such a conversation with someone such as yourself, after you got out of your “finely tuned luxury sports car,” face-to-face. I have litter tolerance for douchebaggery, and you sir, sound as though you are pure vinegar and water, from hear to toe. I realize that resorting to threats of violence, or even the potential of it, is petty and trite, but some people deserve to be “taught” a lesson. Those poor animals that you cravenly shot with your BB gun did not need any lessons from the likes of you, but you could so obviously benefit from feeling a touch of what you have inflicted.
Keep your ridiculous ideas of a biological hierarchy to yourself, for they have zero merit in the world of professional biology. Keep your self-aggrandizing BS to yourself as well, John. Let people share their frustration in peace, without the constant reminder that there are punks in the world that troll such sites as this to spread their personal message of inaccuracy, conceit, and pusillanimity!
It seems ironic that someone who points out my supposed fallacious arguments would then use Ad Hominem in response. Most every word written is an attack on me, my writing, my grammar, my spelling, my disposition, physical threats, and name calling.
FYI I’m paid very well into 6 figures for my architecture designs and not my literary genius, so mock away! Misspelled or fat-fingered words, my iPad has no spell check.
Anyway which of my statements is incorrect?
Is it my “ridiculous claim of biological hierarchy that has no merit”, as you say? I think I first learned in grade school biology human beings were at the top of the hierarchy, has this changed?
I tried to find a good reference for human accomplishment to compare but quickly fell into information overload. I looked for what cats have accomplished in the last 100 years, 1,000 years, 5,000 years the result was quite the opposite, I found nothing.
The man in question broke the law and he should be punished to the extent of the law.
However he doesn’t deserve to be; lynched, stalked, poisoned, dismembered, shot, strung up by the [email protected], etc. to likes of lynch mob syndrome crowds here and similar places on the net that value the lives of a few cats over the lives of human beings.
Short and sweet for you, Troll!
The library you claim as evidence of human superiority must be just out of your grasp since you choose to call out my authorship and word usage. Frequent one Troll and you may not have to look up the words of others so often.
I will be at said protest on the morrow. I will be holding a yellow sign (front), and white on the back of the board, so I will be easy to ID. Please feel absolutely free to stop by in your oft-mentioned “finely tuned luxury sports car.” I would love to chat about the merits of your trolling ways with you face-to-face.
Hope to see you tomorrow, Troll.