Community Members Work Together to Catch Abuser

Community Members Work Together to Catch Abuser


-Victoria Pinner

Maricopa County, Arizona - On September 2, 2021, two people were seen on a surveillance video hurling rocks at two elderly horses multiple times during a half hour period. The video showed the suspects repeatedly tormenting the horses who were fenced in; however, due to the video’s poor quality, the suspects were unable to be identified by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

In hopes of catching and identifying the abusers, the horses’ owners started a social media campaign on their own.  As a result, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office received multiple tips which ultimately led to the identification of the two suspects:  Lawrence Weinhart, 20 and a 16-year-old boy.  They were arrested on September 9 and are accused of one count of burglary and two counts of animal cruelty.

“This is just another great example of community members working with law enforcement on solving crimes,” Sheriff Paul Penzone of the MCSO said. “Tips from our communities are always an asset to our investigators when solving crimes.”

Watch the video taken in the barn of the horses being tormented.  

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