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Gresham man trashes mother's house, kills her cat

Police suspect 27-year-old was upset his mother asked him to move out


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Jonathan F. WagnerA 27-year-old Gresham man was arrested Monday, July 7, for destroying the inside of his mother's home and killing her cat, Tom.

Jonathan Frederick Wagner was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, said Lt. Claudio Grandjean, spokesman for Gresham Police.

He faces numerous charges including two counts of first degree aggravated animal abuse, two counts of first degree animal abuse, two counts of first degree burglary, one count of second degree burglary and two counts of first degree criminal mischief.

Bail for Wagner was set at $130,000.

Shortly after 11:15 a.m. on Monday, officers responded to report of a disturbance at a single story home in the 400 Block of Northeast 18th Street, Grandjean said.

A distressed woman had called police and said her 27-year-old son Jonathan had "thrown things around, cut television cords, destroyed her car and killed her cat,” according to the police report.

Wagner was gone when police arrived but the responding officer found the inside of the home "demolished and trashed."

The man was apprehended by police a short time later while walking near the intersection of Northeast Kelly Avenue and Northeast Burnside Road.

Authorities said Wagner may have been upset by his mother's recent request for him to move out and that she had placed some of his belongings in boxes.

In his rage, Wagner allegedly smashed in a car windshield, broke pictures, figurines, wall hangings and lamps, poured liquids on the carpet and walls, scrawled threatening messages to his family on paper and doors, and killed Tom, his mother's 16-year-old tabby cat.

Grandjean said the cat's throat appeared to be cut.

The cat had originally been cared for by Wagner's late grandfather, but had come to live with Wagner's mother last October, police said.

Authorities have ordered a necropsy to determine the exact cause of the cat's death.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

No other details have been provided.



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