Man Arrested After Torturing a Cat on Facebook Live

A man in Staten Island has been arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty after starving his neighbor’s cat Chester, and the viciously torturing and beating him while broadcasting it over Facebook’s live video feed.

The man, Tyrike Richardson, 21, is seen in the video, shirtless and wearing blue Tommy Hilfiger underwear throwing 2-year-old Chester, threatening him with a knife, hitting him with a chair, poking at him with a broom handle, and twisting the handle into his emaciated belly.

Police lead Richardson in handcuffs from the 121st Precinct to court for his arraignment.

Police lead Richardson in handcuffs from the 121st Precinct to court for his arraignment.

At first, Chester hisses and tries to defend himself. By the end, the black and white cat appears near death and unconscious. The video is far too graphic to post here. (In fact, I was unable to watch the entire thing.) Chester suffered serious injuries. It’s not known at this time if he will survive. He had multiple blunt force trauma injuries including a ollapsed lung, rib fractures, head trauma, a bloody nose and liver and kidney damage, sources said. The cat was found near death in a garbage can outside Richardson’s home.

At this time, Chester is still alive and in the care of the ASPCA.

At only 21 years of age, Richardson has been arrested 12 previous times, including sexual conduct with an underage girl. His next court date is July 28. He is currently being held on Rikers Island on $50,000 bail.




  1. O. Dmt

    Jul 14, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    WTF is he doing out of JAIL!? He has 12 other arests! He will torture and kill animals form now on with more hate than before because he got arrested for it! He should be in a mental insitution! He should be in jail forever! How can people be so cruel!? 🙁

    • K

      Jul 14, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Is he not being charged?

      • Maggie

        Jul 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

        Hope he is in prison now :/ Or I trawel from sweden and give him ********

    • Harris

      Jul 15, 2017 at 2:37 am

      He will move on to abusing children or unsuspecting adults. Proof….. where are the moral and ethical authorities who could make this lowlife suffer REAL punishment???

    • Fred

      Jul 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      Damn right! Just kill him now whoever he is in jail with – hoping they are animal lovers and dispense proper justice to this obvious psycho/sociopath.

  2. Tamara Single

    Jul 14, 2017 at 3:23 pm


  3. Suzanne Spry

    Jul 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Another serial killer in the making ;(

  4. Who Cares

    Jul 14, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    blacks piss me off more and more ea day.. if its not mexicans its blacks.. getting real sick of it

    • Ann McKenna

      Jul 14, 2017 at 11:18 pm

      Don’t drag racism into this… has nothing to do with black or mexicans or whites…has to do with having a sadistic nature and probably a mental issue to boot…so plz don’t drag racial slurs into this..

      • Veronica

        Jul 15, 2017 at 10:29 am


      • shayla

        Jul 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm

        Ann McKenna…. I’m not a racist, have multiple friends of many races. But I do see “who care’s” issue to some extent. More and more in the news on various new feeds and public media we are seeing the moral bankruptcy of the
        African American society. Young people abusing each other and our pets. Just yesterday there was a kid in CT who threw a cat from a four story apartment complex “to see if it could LAND on it’s feet!!!!! ON and ON.
        I hope they throw the book at him…. but they won’t the sorry piece of shit will be able to plea bargain to zip. Until the justice system makes cruelty to animals a REAL felony with serious time…. these senseless things will continue to happen to our companion pets. These are living and breathing creatures with feeling and souls.
        I’m an animal lover, have over the course of my life (70+ years), worked with exotics and in rehab up in OR State. Where a man, just for the hell of it shot a Bald Eagle (she recovered no thanks to him).
        YOU know when someone dies…. we say RIP. Well why can’t we LIVE IN PEACE AS WELL…. AND glorify what God has given us and be kind to each other and those that don’t have a voice. That’s something else too… you talk about a possible mental issue as well. If our government FIXED the mental health department and made it so the homeless and VETS could get the appropriate medicines there would be LESS issues with the homeless/VETS. TAKE just 10 billion away from the military complex and you could fix hunger AND the mental health.
        Talk about being pissed… I was horrified to discover that the 1000s of refugeess were being a hotel AND $1700 dollars a month… which somme were complaining bitterly about. Hell that’s more than my SSI and I worked as a nurse for 40 years.

    • Carole

      Jul 24, 2017 at 5:48 am

      You are so stupid do you think white do not harm pets
      I think you have a very sick mind

  5. Janis

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:32 pm


  6. Christine Zois

    Jul 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm


  7. jude mignacca

    Jul 15, 2017 at 12:02 am

    This man is a danger to every living thing in society. He could not recognize that Chester was a living being with feelings. This perpetrator will continue to commit depraved acts as long as he walks among us.

    • Teresa Haugen

      Jul 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

      He could recognize that this poor cat had feelings and was in pain…..the sorry excuse for a human just didn’t care !!

  8. Anne Bode

    Jul 15, 2017 at 4:08 am

    The psychopath should be locked away forever out of reach of animals and children.

  9. Jackie

    Jul 15, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Dirty bastard, hope he gets what he deserves, rot in hell

    • Marcia Mueller

      Jul 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      The worthless thug should be in prison for life. It would be the only legal way to get rid of him. Not that we should care.

  10. Bela Kriner

    Jul 15, 2017 at 7:39 am

    He needs to be treated exactly like he treated that poor cat and then be put away for the rest of his life

  11. Dicedealer64

    Jul 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Kill him. He’s a waste of skin and space.

    • Sue

      Jul 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm


  12. Tracy kemp

    Jul 15, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Why is this piece of excrement even out???? Incarcerating him is the only thing to safeguard the general public KARMA. .. Hopefully will catch up with him.. die a slow death you piece of

  13. Dori Blades

    Jul 15, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I’m not watching the video. Just hearing this made me ill. They had better throw the book at him this time!!!!!! Sick man! How could you hurt s defenseless kitten!!!!!! You MONSTER!!

  14. Mary Dellenbusch

    Jul 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I hope they kill this piece of shit! He does not deserve to excist!

  15. corine cathala

    Jul 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    This man is a monster he must have the worst

  16. Tony

    Jul 16, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    JUST KILL HIM!!!!! The time, effort and money it’s going to cost tax payers to incarcerate, feed, clothe, and try to rehab this ape is far more expensive than the .35 cents it cost for hollow point bullet to the back of his head. People like this are NEVER capable of rehab. NEVER!!! With his criminal record and now this, he has proven that he will NEVER be a contributing member of society and will only prey on and kill others. People like him are NOT worth trying to save.

  17. Kara

    Jul 16, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    May this POS die soon and rot in Hell forever, the only place where it belongs!!!

  18. Debbie

    Jul 16, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Does anyone know how poor Charlie is doing?

    • Debbie

      Jul 16, 2017 at 7:48 pm


  19. Linda

    Jul 16, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    When will all this abuse, torture and cruelty of animals stop…. that is all I am hearing lately, and working with rescues, and rescuing myself all my adult life, I have seen and heard one horror story after another…. it really does wear you down, BUT SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE BY “ANIMALS” LIKE THIS POS!!!!! ONLY 21 AND 1/2 TO HELL ALREADY…. I don’t want my tax dollars going to any rehabilitative care to this clown. He doesn’t deserve help…. he deserves to be on a live facebook feed with a group of animal lovers having at him, torture, etc, and he can see how it feels…. then get rid of his sorry ass forever! What a waste of a human being.

  20. Kristy Grieco

    Jul 17, 2017 at 1:40 am

    This guy needs to be locked up fir good. His crimes will only get worse if anything can get worse than brutally abusing an animal!!
    Don’t even give this guy another chance, he’s proved he can’t be trusted!!!

  21. brooke

    Jul 17, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Robert Heckmann of Pueblo West Colorado USA did this too and he killed Loki the kitten. He only got a year and a half in jail.I hope he meets the same death as Loki the kitten. Hope both of them burn in hell

  22. Lloyd Walsh

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    deserves a bullet then he needs to be flushed down the toilet

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