Police: Man cut girlfriend's fish in half during argument

Published on Friday, 28 April 2017 22:51


BRISTOL - A New Britain man arrested Thursday allegedly cut a woman’s pet fish in half during a domestic dispute.

Juan Vega, 33, is facing charges of cruelty to animals and second-degree breach of peace.

According to the police report, officers responded at about 8:40 p.m. to a local home on the report of a domestic disturbance. The victim, who was not identified, said Vega, her boyfriend, showed up at her home unannounced and began arguing with her. 

During the dispute, police said, Vega told the woman he would gather his belongings and leave. He then pushed her and kicked a TV, breaking it, according to the report. 

According to the report, Vega then gathered his belongings and left.

But when the victim went through the house later, she found other items damaged, including a living room TV, she told police. 

The woman did not wish to press charges.

When an officer spoke to the victim’s child, he said he noticed the family’s betta fish had been cut in half. 

Police said they then spoke to Vega in New Britain, where he admitted to damaging property at the victim’s home and killing the fish.

He was arrested on the spot and held in custody overnight.

During an arraignment in Bristol Superior Court Friday, Vega was ordered held on $15,000 bond.

His case was continued to June 9 for a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, New Britain on Friday, 28 April 2017 22:51. Updated: Friday, 28 April 2017 22:53.