BARTLETT — A Jackson man has been charged with a felony for allegedly killing a local woman's cat by causing "severe mutilation and significant head trauma." He's also charged with throwing a typewriter at another man.
The Carroll County Attorney's Office has charged Alexander Warlick, 27, of Jackson with "Cruelty to Animals; purposeful" and felony criminal threatening for throwing the typewriter.
The offenses allegedly occurred March 18 at a residence on Little Ledge Road in Bartlett.
Warlick entered a not guilty plea in Carroll County Superior Court on March 30. He is represented by Dennis Morgan of Cooper Cargill Chant in North Conway.
Bail was set at $10,000 bond. Warlick is scheduled for a status conference on May 29.
The animal cruelty criminal complain, dated March 30, was written by Assistant County Attorney Matthew Conley.
"The defendant, Alexander B. Warlick purposely beat, cruelly whipped, tortured or mutilated an animal. To wit, the defendant killed a cat belonging to Kayleigh Mitchell through severe mutilation and significant head trauma against the peace and dignity of the state," wrote Conley in his complaint.
According to an affidavit by Bartlett Police Cpl. Justin Washburn, police were dispatched to the scene after getting a 911 call from Mitchell, 22, stating that she, her 2-year old child and her boyfriend (Timothy Stevens, 26) had locked themselves in an upstairs bedroom to protect themselves from Warlick, who she said had a knife.
Stevens and Mitchell had reportedly moved in with Warlick about a month ago, due to having financial problems. Stevens said he had been friends with Warlick since childhood.
When Washburn arrived at the residence, the officer was greeted by a man who was later identified as Warlick. Washburn said Warlick smelled of alcohol and had blood on his chest and hands.
Mitchell said Warlick had given her child a lollipop laced with THC.
"She advised everyone left the residence to get away from Warlick as they were extremely upset," said Washburn. "She told me once she returned, she discovered what she describes as the 'murder scene' of her cat in her bedroom."
The cat's name was Sophie. Washburn said he found blood smears and claw marks in Mitchell's bedroom as well as blood smeared on Warlick's bed.
Mitchell and Stevens said when they confronted Warlick about the cat, he threw a typewriter at Stevens, which Stevens said barely missed him.
The criminal complaint says that Warlick is 6'2" and weighs 240 pounds. Although the residence where he, Stevens and Mitchell reportedly lived was in Bartlett, bail paperwork shows Warlick will now be living in Jackson.
Washburn said Warlick denied killing Mitchell's cat.
"I asked him why he had blood on him and his hands appeared to be cut/scratched up," said Washburn. "Warlick told me he had been outside punching a tree."
Stevens later found the cat on a nearby property.
Pierre Giroux, DMV, of Saco Veterinary Clinic, determined that Sophie died of traumatic injury, said Washburn.
Warlick's parents offered to give Mitchell a new cat, Washburn said.
On Tuesday, Morgan said Warlick had no comment.