For months, Jordan Scott Bean’s roommate suspected him of entering her room while she was at work.
But after she bought a hidden camera disguised as an alarm clock, police say she discovered Bean, 25, was doing something much worse than going through her belongings: He was torturing her cat.
Bean, of Boca Raton, was arrested Tuesday after police said his roommate caught him entering her room, hunting down her cat Chompers and violently beating him.
According to an arrest report, the video footage shows Bean wrapping Chompers in a towel and violently shaking, choking and slamming her on the bed for about 10 to 15 minutes.
“You can hear the cat hissing, moaning and wailing at him,” a Boca Raton officer wrote in the report. “[Bean] gets on his hands and knees while carrying a towel attempting to corner the cat.”
Police said Chompers attempted to hide from Bean in a closet, but Bean is seen entering and closing the door. A few seconds later, loud banging noises and hissing can be heard, followed by about a minute of silence, the report states.
“I was able to hear Bean meowing while inside the closet mocking the cat,” an officer writes in the report.
When Chompers escaped the closet, police said Bean caught her and wrapped her in a towel, “squeezing her against his body.”
Despite the cat’s efforts to fight Bean and escape, police said he began smothering Chompers, holding her down with both of his hands and sitting on her head.
After watching the video, officers confronted Bean, who said he was just playing with the cat and often looks after Chompers when his roommate is away, the arrest report states.
Police arrested Bean after determining he “intentionally committed an act to Chompers which resulted in excessive and repeated infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering, the report states.
Bean was charged with animal cruelty and was released Tuesday night on $3,000 bail.
Chompers was taken to an animal clinic and is said to be in good health, but the clinic instructed her owner to check for any changes in behavior which could indicate an illness.