Man accused of killing roommate’s dogs
By BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 2012 8:02AM
Updated: July 13, 2012 6:06AM
JOLIET — A 20-year-old man reportedly killed his boyfriend’s dogs and left them in a suitcase while pretending to help look for them.
Police said LeAndrae D. Blackman was living with the owner of “Roscoe” and “Honey,” chihuahua mixes, when the animals went missing on March 23.
For the next week he helped the owner put up fliers looking for the animals, but then the two men argued and the boyfriend kicked Blackman out, Joliet police Cmdr. Brian Benton said.
On April 1, Blackman allegedly told Montgomery police he was moving his items to an apartment in Aurora when he crashed into two cars at Montgomery Road and Fourth Avenue. Records show the blue 1999 Volvo Blackman was driving had been reported stolen two months earlier in Bolingbrook. He was ticketed for driving without a license, operating an uninsured vehicle and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
A Kane County warrant charging Blackman with possession of a stolen vehicle was issued four days later.
Joliet police believe Blackman moved to Florida by April 9, when he sent the dogs’ owner a text message telling him to “look in a suitcase under the stairs.” The dead dogs were found inside.
Blackman left several texts and voicemails for the man taunting him about the dead dogs, Benton said.
On Thursday, detectives got a warrant charging Blackman with two counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal and two counts of cruel treatment of an animal, with a $100,000 bond.
In November 2010, Blackman was arrested on battery charges after he allegedly touched a girl inappropriately at Bolingbrook High School and he was ordered by a judge to meet with a psychologist.
The psychologist, Marcia S. Gibson, told the judge in a letter filed in court she didn’t believe Blackman was a threat to himself or others. Although she said Blackman had anger issues, he’d been able to control them.
Blackman denied touching the girl at school, but told Gibson when he was between the ages of 7 and 10, he would “explode, break things, peers in school would push my buttons.” He said he punched a kid in the face once and was suspended for two days.
Since then, Blackman told the doctor, he’d never been violent nor exposed to violence. His father went to prison for molesting a girl, though, according to the letter. And Blackman said his mother would never take him there for a visit.
Blackman said he chose not to be around people with bad attitudes because they can affect his mood, according to the letter. And spontaneously, Gibson said, Blackman told her, “don’t get on my bad side because if you do I’ll cut you out of my life.”
Blackman also said he planned to join the army “as soon as court is done.”
Jon Seidel contributed
to this report.