Published On: Tue, Dec 4th, 2012

Rodney and Damian Blanchard, Florida father and son, arrested in two days for separate crimes

Pinellas County deputies report that a father and son have been arrested and face charges in two completely separate cases during the past two days.

Rodney Blanchard, age 49, was arrested Sunday, charged with four counts of animal cruelty and one count of battery when a guest in his home discovered four kittens in his freezer.

His son, Damain Blanchard, age 24, was arrested Monday in connection with a mobile home park shooting last weekend and now faces two counts of first degree murder.

According to the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office, Damian Blanchard called the victims, David Sharp and Rosa Pereira, out of their mobile home. Once outside, deputies say they were allegedly shot by Francis Bahr, a friend of Damian Blanchard’s. Bahr was arrested and charged on Saturday.

Sharp and Pereira continue to recover in an area hospital.

A friend of the victims spotted Damian Blanchard shortly after Saturday’s shootings.

“They (deputies) just came and picked him up,” said Miguel Ortiz. “We held him until the cops came. He was just right there. Waiting for them.”

On Sunday, neighbor Eva Mulder was at the Blanchard home, when Rodney asked for a beer out of the freezer on the carport.

When Mulder said there were no beers in the freezer Rodney laughed and stated, “But there are kittens in the freezer,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Mulder took a closer look, saw the kittens and attempted to remove them from the freezer. Blanchard pushed her aside and told her to get out. Mulder went home and reported the finding to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the complaint, discovered the four kittens inside separate sandwich bags in the freezer Rodney stated, “I didn’t know what to do with them,” according to the arrest report.

Rodney Blanchard is being held on $8,500 bond.

Damian likely will get no bond on Tuesday because of the serious charge he faces.

Three of the four cats found in the freezer survived. They could be adopted out by as early as this weekend by the Pinellas Suncoast Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.



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  1. loquay says:

    what an ass! looks like this fine example of human crap raised another generation of worthless s***.

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