A 21-year-old sociopath-in-training was arrested yesterday for kicking a kitten. And the police caught up with him because the video—which shows Andre Robinson grinning like a tough guy (and his friends laughing hysterically)—was posted on Facebook.
Last Friday, the footage was posted on On The Real, with the message, "This is NEVER okay to do. Please share; hopefully somebody will recognize this fool."
Apparently viewers of the video "used video enhancing software to blow up the scene" which led cops to find the building, 1831 Fulton Street at the Breevort Houses. Police then recognized Robinson, who has prior arrests including knifepoint robbery. The Daily News reports that he admitted to the cops that he was the kicker: "Cops said Robinson had been outside waiting for a food delivery when the incident happened. He turned to his friends and said, 'Watch this,' according to cops. One of his friends started recording with his phone as Robinson set his trap for the cat."
The video shows Robinson kicking the cat very hard; "According to the arrest report, the cat flew about 20 feet — and a veterinarian confirmed to cops the brutal blow likely caused serious injury," per the Daily News. It's unclear where the cat is now, but police are looking for it.
A police source told the Post, “People who saw (the video) were really disturbed by it.” Robinson was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
However, Robinson's mother insisted he was not a bad person, "He had to be high on something. It’s very out of his character. He had to be high to do what he did. This isn’t him... He loves animals. He loved his cats, he had dogs, he always loved them."