Christopher Alexander Caceres, charged with felony animal cruelty, burglary and sexual assault of an animal, made the Miami New Times' list of the "20 Worst People of 2013.”
Caceres, 22, has been identified as the man caught on surveillance video in the 1900 block of Summerland Avenue on November 10. The video shows a man climbing over a backyard wall shortly before 2:30 a.m. He then strolls into the backyard and feeds something to the family's Akita. Normally prone to barking at strangers, the dog was happy to see the man--a sign she knew him, the dog owner told the San Pedro Beacon.
"He had done this before, it definitely wasn’t the first time," he lamented.
The homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, said he first suspected something was wrong when he heard his 80-pound Akita make a "huge yelp-like shriek" in the backyard in the middle of the night. He went outside to find that an intruder had left his cell phone.
Two weeks later, in the middle of the night, the dog made the same unusual yelp. This time the owner discovered the prowler had left a gate open.
Fearing that someone was casing his house, the homeowner installed security cameras. Soon afterward, on a Sunday night, he said "I woke up because I heard something outside.” He went into the yard and, “our dog greeted me, but something seemed off. I didn't know what had happened, but I saw clumps of our dog's hair throughout the yard.”
He then reviewed the surveillance tape, which showed Christopher Caceres, a neighbor's grandson, appearing to drug the Akita to get it to relax. Caceres then spent from 2 to 4 a.m. having sex with the animal, according to the Miami New Times.
The “dog rapist” remained in the backyard for more than two hours, the footage shows. After feeding the dog the treats, he then "(pinned) the dog to the ground and (performed) multiple sexual acts on the animal while the canine (struggled) to break free of his grasp."
The San Pedro Beacon reported that a rape kit was performed on the dog.
“It was unimaginable to me,” the dog’s owner told the Daily Breeze. “For it to go on that long was heart-wrenching.”
Neighbors told the Beacon that Caceres had moved into the area more than a month ago. Since then, multiple homes had been burglarized, they said.
Caceres, who applied for a job at Green Hills Mortuary in Rancho Palos Verdes before his arrest, faces up to nine years in prison if convicted on all counts, according to the Palos Verdes Patch.
Caceres is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.