A man accused of raping a woman’s pit bull in her Waterbury, Connecticut, yard while ranting that he was sent by ISIS has been arrested.
Waterbury Police told The Huffington Post on Thursday that Lorenzo Monzillo, 22, has been charged with sexual assault, cruelty to animals and breach of peace. He was booked Monday after his release from a psychiatric hospital, a police spokesman said. His next scheduled court date is Nov. 25.
Alice Woodruff told WTNH in the interview above that she spotted a naked man sexually assaulting her leashed rescue pit bull, Layla, around 10 a.m. on Oct. 21. She said she tried to deter him by throwing a candle at him as he spoke about wanting to spend the rest of their lives together.
Said Woodruff: “He pranced through the yard naked, yelling ‘this is our day and you have to prosper in it. … ISIS sent me.’”
She said she then retrieved her gun from the house and fired a warning shot into the ground, prompting the man to ask her to shoot him. Woodruff, a mental health professional, said she felt compassion for the man, a neighbor, but expressed hope that he would not commit such acts again.
According to The Hartford Courant, the man also screamed that he was the anti-Christ and had given Woodruff’s dog Ebola.
Woodruff managed to keep the man at bay with her weapon until police arrived, the Courant reported. Then cops chased the still-undressed suspect on foot for a mile or two before apprehending him.