Pinellas father and son arrested in separate crimes
Deputies arrested 49 year old Rodney J. Blanchard on Sunday and charged him with four counts of animal cruelty and one count of battery after a visitor to his home discovered four kittens inside a freezer.
His son, Damian Blanchard, 24, was arrested Monday and charged with be rolex watches ing involved in a mobile home park shooting last weekend. He is facing two counts of attempted first degree murder.
According to the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office, Damian Blanchard called the victims, David Sharp and Rosa Pereira, out of their mobile home. Once outside, deputies say they were allegedly shot by Francis Bahr, a friend of Damian Blanchard’s. Bahr was arrested and charged on Saturday.
Sharp and Pereira continue to recover in an area hospital.
A friend of the victims spotted Damian Blanchard shortly after Saturday’s shootings.
“They (deputies) just came and picked him up,” said Miguel Ortiz. “We held him until the cops came. He was just right there. Waiting for them.”
Damian Blanchard lives with his father, Rodney, in their mobile home on 46th Avenue North.
On Sunday, a neighbor was at his home when the kittens were discovered in the freezer.
According to officials, neighbor Eve Mulder said Blanchard asked her to get a beer out of the freezer located in the carport.
When Mulder said there were no beers in the freezer Rodney laughed and stated, “But there are kittens in the freezer,” according to an arrest affidavit.
Mulder took a closer look, saw the kittens and attempted to remove them from the freezer. Blanchard pushed her aside and told her to get out. Mulder went home and reported the finding to the Sheriff’s rolex watches rolex watches ng>Office.
Deputies responded to Blanchard’s residence on 46th Avenue North to conduct a welfare check on the animals. As deputies approached the freezer they heard several kittens’ meow.
After deputies discovered the four kittens inside separate sandwich bags in the freezer Rodney stated, “I didn’t know what to do with them,” according to the arrest report.
Rodney Blanchard is being held on $8,500 bond. His son Damian is in jail without bond. He has been appointed a public defender.
Three of the four cats found in the freezer survived. They could be adopted out by as early as rolex watches this weekend by the Pinellas Suncoast Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.