A horse that had been slashed and wounded in April was attacked again over the weekend, Fairfax County police said.
The incident marked the third time in recent months that animals at or near Frying Pan Park were attacked, police said. A suspect in the earlier incidents, a 17-year-old Herndon youth, was arrested June 25 and remains incarcerated at the county’s juvenile detention center.
Fairfax County police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said detectives are looking into all possibilities, including that the weekend attack was the work of a copycat or someone who knows the 17-year-old suspect in the earlier attacks.
The recent attack occurred between 8 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. The horse was in a paddock adjacent to Frying Pan Park.
In April and May, horses, a goat, a calf and a chicken at the park were were cut.
The Herndon teen was arrested after an informant told police that the suspect had gone to the park in April to film himself riding a horse, according to a search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court. The teen was thrown from the horse, became angry and began to hit the horse, according to the warrant.
Police said in the warrant that the teen later took the informant to the paddock and said he had cut animals with a machete.
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