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Thursday, February 13, 2020 1:00 am


Pair charged in torture of opossum

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Two Woodburn men were in the Allen County Jail charged with the torture and mutilation of an opossum cornered in their garage.

Charles Troyer, 46, and Connar L. Troyer, 24, of the same Woodburn address, were captured on Snapchat beating to death an opossum they say could have endangered their dogs, according to court documents.

The older Troyer was charged Monday with torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal; Connar was charged Tuesday with the same felony offense that carries a prison sentence of six months to 21/2 years.

When the Allen County Sheriff's Department officer arrived at the Troyer home about 7 p.m. Jan. 13, Charles Troyer answered the door. A short while later, Connar Troyer came to the door and asked the officer if he was there because of the dead opossum, court documents said.

A friend had called police after she witnessed the killing on Snapchat, court records said.

Both men downplayed the incident saying they'd only killed an opossum and that people run over opossums all the time with their vehicles. Charles Troyer told the officer he poured oil and gasoline on the animal because “that kills it faster,” court documents said.

In the video, the men egg each on as they beat the opossum with a shovel. Connar Troyer is also seen using a pickax on the animal.

“Both Charles and Connar appear to be joyously laughing and enjoying themselves through the entirety of the incident,” court documents said.

Both men were being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Charles Troyer's initial hearing is today.

City man accused of stalking ex 

A Fort Wayne man is accused of stalking an ex-girlfriend despite a protective order. 

Patrick Ian Hunt, 39, of the 1200 block of Rivermet Avenue was charged Monday with two counts of stalking, including one in which he violated a protective order.

The trouble started when the victim broke up with him in August after she discovered he had cheated on her, according to court documents. 

Hunt immediately began to text and frequently call her and the situation escalated.  

Hunt harassed her, her friends and threatened a man she dated. “If I see you with anyone, I'll gladly pay to have them (expletive) up,” he wrote in one text. In another, he wrote, “I know how to handle situations like that without getting into legal trouble. If I see a guy with you, I'll make myself known.” He also sent her a photo of himself holding a Smith and Wesson Magnum 500, court documents said. 

Hunt was released from the Allen County Jail on Monday on $12,500 bond. He has a status of counsel hearing March 4 and another hearing April 6.

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