Los Angeles firefighter Ian Justin Eulian, 37, and his mother, Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, 70, are facing charges for battery in the beating of a woman feeding stray cats in the West Adams district. The alleged incident occurred after the intrepid cat feeder threw kibble in Eulian’s face during a verbal altercation.
At first the 37-year-old Los Angeles Fire engineer and his mom denied assaulting the 47-year-old woman on Sept. 14. But a surveillance camera captured the entire incident, prosecutors said.
Eulian, who was off duty at the time, approached the woman at about 12:20 a.m. while she was in her parked car in the 2500 block of West View Street in Los Angeles. An argument took place between the two about the woman feeding feral cats in the neighborhood.
He then leaned into the victim’s car, according to the allegation, and continued to yell at her about her the feeding stray cats. That was when the victim "threw small pieces of cat kibble at Eulian to push him back, and he allegedly punched her," according to prosecutors.
Lonieta Fontaine allegedly approached the car and "slapped the victim several times," prosecutors said.
The beating escalated, they contend, "Eulian then pulled the victim out of her car and allegedly punched the victim once or twice more as she fell to the ground motionless."
When the cat feeder regained consciousness, Eulian and Fontaine helped her back into her car and accompanied the woman to her home, prosecutors said. They reportedly told her that she had tripped and hit her face on the car.
But--prosecutors say—the entire incident was caught on surveillance cameras located on a nearby building.
Eulian and Fontaine each face one felony count of battery with serious bodily injury and one felony count of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury. Eulian was additionally charged with an enhancement for causing great bodily harm.
If convicted of all charges, Eulian faces up to seven years in state prison; and Fontaine faces up to four years in state prison.
He is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 17, and Fontaine’s arraignment will follow on Oct. 18 in criminal courts in downtown Los Angeles.
There is no indication whether the woman continued feeding feral cats at that location.
Source: LA Times