A 20-year-old man who spent days helping his former boyfriend hang signs and search for his missing dogs knew where they were all along, police say.
On March 23, two chihuahua mixes named "Roscoe" and "Honey" belonging to LeAndrae D. Blackman's then-boyfriend went missing, and 20-year-old Blackman helped search for the pets, according to the Joliet Herald News.
Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton told CBS that "arguments continued involving [Blackman’s] not paying rent and he was kicked out" of the apartment. On April 1, Blackman told police he had been moving into a new apartment when his blue 1999 Volvo crashed into two cars, and he was ticketed.
Police later discovered the car Blackman was driving had been reported stolen, and issued a warrant for his arrest four days later, according to the Herald News.
By April 9, police believe Blackman was living in Florida when he allegedly sent his former roommate a text message telling him to “look in a suitcase under the stairs,” according to WLS. The dogs were found dead inside.
On Thursday, Blackman was charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal and two counts of cruel treatment to an animal, in addition to the previous car theft charges, ABC Chicago reports. A warrant for his arrest carries a $100,000 bond.