Bodycam video: Florida man dressed as a cat stabbed roommate in the neck, police say

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A Florida man dressed as a cat stabbed his roommate in the neck, according to police. The victim was seriously injured from the knife attack.

Around 5:45 p.m. on May 23, deputies with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance at a home in North Gainesville, Florida. A man contacted 911 to report that his roommate had stabbed him in the neck.

Police bodycam video shows two officers arrive at the home with guns drawn. The deputies are forced to kick down the front door after there was no response from anyone inside the house.

Bodycam footage shows the victim exiting the home with a severe stab wound. One of the officers noted that the wounded man was “seriously bleeding from the neck.” The bloodied victim, who was not identified, was rushed to a local hospital for medical treatment.

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After about two minutes, the suspect surrendered with his arms in the air. The suspect was wearing a full-body cat costume that had a feline-looking hood.

Deputies arrested the suspect without incident.

Omar Gutierrez, 32, was charged with attempted murder. He is being held at the Alachua County Jail on a $1 million bond.

“Our sheriff and the many members of this team commend these deputies for their lifesaving acts as they stopped at nothing to ensure that the victim was treated and that the suspect in this incident was apprehended,” Alachua County Sheriff’s Office captain Chris Sims said.

WCJB-TV reported, “When detectives spoke with the victim in the hospital, he explained that Gutierrez said a week earlier he was ‘not above killing’ the victim. Gutierrez claimed the roommate hurt his cat, which he denies.”

The victim allegedly asked Gutierrez why he plunged a knife into the back of his neck, and he responded, “It was instinctual.”

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office quipped, “We exchanged Gutierrez’s cat costume for a green and white striped jumpsuit.”

(WARNING: Graphic video)

Florida Man Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Roommate in Neck While Dressed in Cat

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