A burglary suspect faces an animal cruelty charge after being accused of stabbing to death a pet snake during a home break-in earlier this year, El Paso police said.
Elio Enrique Martell, 18, has been jailed since being arrested Jan. 26 by patrol officers responding to a burglary-in-progress call in Northeast El Paso, police said.
Martell is accused of breaking into a home in the 5500 block of Dearborne Drive in the Veterans Park area, police said.
During the burglary, Martell allegedly used a knife to threaten the homeowner during a confrontation before fleeing with stolen property, police said.
The homeowner’s pet python was found dead in the home from multiple stab wounds, police said.
A police spokesman said that officers found Martell nearby, allegedly carrying stolen property. Martell allegedly assaulted an officer and resisted arrest before being taken into custody.
Martell was arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, resisting arrest and assault on a peace officer. Martrell also had a warrant on a drug possession charge.
On Tuesday, Martell was charged with animal cruelty after detectives with the Animal Cruelty Investigations Unit received the results of a necropsy on the snake.
Martell is being held at the El Paso County Jail Annex under a total bond of $140,000.