Florida Man Accused of Hitting People with His Car is Also Wanted in Minnesota for Beheading Cats!
We don't know why but the most unusual cases come out of either Ohio or Florida!
According to reports from the Florida State Highway Patrol the driver struck the pedestrian with his car, killing them, then attempted to hide the body behind a roadside bait shop.
According to Florida Highway Patrol troopers, 28-year-old Joseph Charles Strickland hit and killed a 32-year-old Spring Hill man around 12:10 a.m. Sunday on Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville. Troopers say Strickland then drove the body to the back of a bait shop in Spring Hill and dumped the remains. Investigators later found a human leg along Cortez Boulevard, according to the FHP.
Strickland was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, tampering with evidence, no valid driver’s license involving a death and no insurance.
After doing some digging, authorities found out that Strickland was wanted in Minnesota on two felony counts of animal torture for cases involving his ex-girlfriend's cats!
According to a criminal complaint, Strickland’s ex-girlfriend contacted Cannon Falls police in March of 2020 and told them she believed he was responsible for killing her cat after they broke up. She also said her other cat was missing, the complaint says.
The responding officer noted that in the complaint that “the cat’s head was removed, and there was another injury to it’s abdomen.” The complaint says the other cat was later found dead in a dumpster and also had its head removed.
The criminal complaint alleges that neighbors could hear the cats being abused and killed inside the ex-girlfriend’s apartment.
Court documents show another active warrant for Strickland’s arrest stemming from an alleged crash in February of 2020.
Strickland has been charged with two felony counts of criminal vehicular operation resulting in substantial bodily harm, one gross misdemeanor count of criminal vehicular operation resulting in bodily harm and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree DWI. According to court documents, a sheriff’s deputy saw Strickland driving 86 in a 60 mph zone and passing a semi-truck and car in the wrong lane before losing control and driving off the road.
There were also three passengers who were in the car with Strickland during Sunday's accident. All three had to be taken to the hospital for medical treatment due to their injuries. One passenger is said to have needed limb saving surgeries after being ejected from the vehicle.
Strickland's cases from February and March of 2020 are still open and he also has a third warrant for his arrest out of Ramsey County for multiple misdemeanor driving violations.
We're glad this man is off of the road and out of the public.