Police Lt. Terry Hastings said police detectives are now talking to a man as a potential suspect related to the reported wave of disappearing cats in the Stifft Station/Capitol View neighborhood. Hastings said the suspect has been identified by Antonio Solares, the original witness in the case, as the man who assaulted Solares after he tried to stop the man from stuffing a cat with a plastic bag tied over its head into a small cooler. Hastings described the suspect as a “mental patient.”

UPDATE: Police have arrested a homeless man in the scuffle Solares reported. They believe that was an isolated incident, unrelated to other missing cats. Report on the jump.