Squatters Grenade Pig
February 9, 2012 by staff
Squatters Grenade Pig, Police have arrested two people on various charges following a grenade scare that ended with many surprising finds, including a loose, wild pig.
Police received a call at around 6 p.m. Tuesday about a dispute between the owner of a home, located at 2021 SW 37 Ave., and two people who had been allegedly staying at the home over unpaid rent. “The actual owners of this home are from New York, and they came down, and it’s possible that these individuals aren’t legally renting here and can be squatters,” said Miami Police Sgt. Freddie Cruz.
When police arrived at the home, they found cocaine, marijuana, a handgun, a shotgun, about 10 grenades and exotic animals, including a tortoise, two prairie dogs, several scorpions and a boar that got loose. Police arrested 37-year-old Darin Febus and 32-year-old Miriam Bailey.
Neighbors shrugged it off the pig running loose, noting that it was not the first time the large animal escaped from the home’s backyard. “It’s only a chain-link fence,” said Ann Sanchez, “so their head’s are strong, so all he did was butt his nose up under the chain-link and then he was going.”
Tony Cabrera, an FPL employee helped police and neighbors catch the boar with a lasso. “It was a little difficult,” he said. “We had to chase her around and try to get her pinned down.”
Cabrera said he used a time-tested technique to get close to the pig. “Dog biscuits that I carry with me,” he said holding a box of Milk-Bone treats. “In case you ever get in trouble out there in backyards where you have dogs and all that good stuff, so you treat ‘em with a treat and they’ll calm down a little bit.”
The pig escaped just hours after police arrested the two people inside the home. The bomb squad diffused the grenades and transported them for testing after having to lock down the neighborhood as a precaution.
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