Man Suspected of Tossing Girlfriend’s Dogs out 9th-Floor Window During Argument at Lillian Wald Houses
Cops are investigating a man suspected of tossing two dogs out a ninth-floor window in the Lillian Wald Houses, one day after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend with a knife.
The fatal incident began Wednesday evening when the suspect – identified as 31-year-old Steven Vias – got into an argument with the girlfriend. During the heated exchange, someone made an anonymous 911 call about the dogs being thrown out a window, eyewitnesses told The Daily News.
When officers arrived on Avenue D at 2:30am, they found the canine carcasses – Yorkie and a Pomeranian – lying frozen in a fenced-in grass yard.
The NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Squad is currently investigating and named Vias as a person of interest in the case. The man apparently sports an extensive arrest history, including purported priors for burglary, gun possession, and strangulation.
The day before throwing the dogs out the window, Vias was under investigation for allegedly threatening his girlfriend with a knife.