San Pedro Resident Caught on Security Video Having Sex with Dog [Warning: Graphic] (Updated)
Photo: Screenshot of the surveillance video from Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, showing the suspect, Christopher Caceres, allegedly performing lewd acts on a dog.
A 22-year-old San Pedro resident was arrested Thursday afternoon on a felony residential burglary charge, and faces charges of sexual deviance, bestiality, rape of a dog, and several others that have yet to be determined.
Christopher Alexander Caceres, born April 9, 1991, was arrested after an ongoing investigation into burglaries and the sexual assault of a dog in a Northwest San Pedro neighborhood, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
According to neighbors and victims, Caceres moved into his grandmother’s house, located on the 1600 block of W. O’ Farrell Street, with his parents. In the time since Caceres moved into the neighborhood more than a month ago, several homes have been burglarized, and at least one dog in the neighborhood has been sexually assaulted on more than one occasion.
Arresting officer Detective Katsumata with the Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force could not be reached for comment.
The San Pedro Beacon received exclusive surveillance video Friday, from the dog’s owner, of the alleged suspect, Caceres, climbing over a backyard wall into a property on the 1900 block of Summerland Avenue at approximately 2:22 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10.
The suspect was in the backyard until 4:40 a.m., during which time the video shows the suspect committing multiple lewd acts on the property owner’s beloved dog, an 80 lb. female Akita.
The video shows the dog trying to get away from Caceres on several different occasions, but it appeared the suspect possibly sedated the dog to some degree in order to calm her temperament and slow her down.
For just over two hours, the suspect, who was steps from the family’s 15-year-old daughter’s bedroom, and 50 yards from the owner’s bedroom, raped and sexually assaulted the animal.
The owner of the dog said they had suspicions that someone had been entering their backyard for a month. It was at this point, the family chose to install surveillance cameras on their property.
“We had found a [cigarette] lighter on the property, and on two occasions our dog had yelped,” said the property owner, who wished to remain anonymous. “We called the police, who came to the property twice, and installed security cameras, but after a week didn’t have any signs of anyone being in the yard.”
That was until early Sunday morning.
“I woke up because I heard something outside,” he said. “Our dog greeted me and something seemed off. I didn’t know what had happened, but I saw clumps of our dog’s hair throughout the yard,” he said. “I immediately went to the surveillance cameras, and I was absolutely disgusted with what I saw.”
What he saw was graphic. (Warning: graphic description below)
Caceres, while entering the family’s backyard, was allegedly giving treats to the dog, who greeted the suspect the way an animal who knew someone would — her tail wagging, jumping up to grab treats.
“Our dog is a barker. She was a security dog, and if she didn’t know someone, they wouldn’t go near her because she appeared aggressive and barked relentlessly,” the homeowner said. “This was not the case, our dog knew this man, he had done this before, it definitely wasn’t the first time.”
A portion of the video, which the San Pedro Beacon has seen and verified, goes on to show the suspect, with short dark hair and wearing glasses, appear from a darkened portion of the backyard without his pants on. He then proceeds to pin the dog to the ground and perform multiple sexual acts on the dog while the canine struggles to break free of his grasp.
After a police report was filed and a copy of the surveillance footage was handed over, the family took their dog to the vet, where a rape kit was performed.
“The vet performed an exam, and shaved around her rear end and private parts looking for pubic hair or possible DNA samples,” the homeowner said. “Our vet told us that this had happened before, and for the safety of the dog we should board her until an arrest was made.”
Their dog was boarded. The family was devastated.
That was until Thursday, when the family received a call from Detective Katsumata that Caceres had been arrested after undercover officers caught him burglarizing a home on O’ Farrell Street, a block from the homeowner’s home on Summerland Avenue.
“We were ecstatic, we cried for an hour, and then immediately rushed to the vet to pick up our dog,” he said. “She was so excited. I couldn’t wait to bring her home. I love my dog, and this has been an absolutely terrible experience — we didn’t feel safe in our own home, I was worried about my daughter’s safety, my wife’s safety and even my own safety.”
Caceres is being held at the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division on $50,000 bail. A date for his arraignment has yet to be scheduled.
Photo: Screenshot of the surveillance video showing the alleged suspect, Christopher Caceres, performing lewd acts on a dog.