LEE COUNTY, Fla.- On May 27th shortly after midnight, Cape Coral Police were called to the home of Carla St. Surin. St. Surin told police that her boyfriend, Michael Young, told her that he was car-jacked and her car had been stolen. St. Surin filed a grand theft auto report with Cape Coral Police. St. Surin also told police that her puppy was missing.
Officers attempted to interview Michael Young about the supposed car-jacking but he refused to cooperate with police. He became evasive and told officers that he did not get beat up and did not know where the car was. Officers noted in their report that Young did not have any marks on him and no other evidence was present to suggest that he had been car-jacked.
On June 1st Officers were called to the 3100 Block of Ceitus Pkwy regarding a submerged vehicle in a canal. A check revealed that it was St. Surin’s 2006 white Toyota Corolla. Inside of the car, officers made a gruesome discovery. St. Surin’s boxer puppy was dead inside of the car.
Cape Coral Police Detective Dan Iten located St. Surin and Young’s roommate and interviewed him about the case. The roommate told Detectives that on the night that the car went missing, he heard St. Surin and Young arguing. According to the roommate, St. Surin told Young to leave at least 3 or 4 times and that if he took her car, she would press charges. The roommate then told Detectives that he witnessed Young leave in St. Surin’s car with her boxer puppy.
Young returned approximately 30 minutes later on foot without the dog. Young was wearing no shirt and his shorts and shoes were soaked. Young told the roommate that “the dog is dead”. When the roommate asked what Young was talking about, Young replied “the dog and the car are in the canal”. Young told the roommate that the car was in a canal behind the Publix at Burnt Store Road and Pine Island Road. The roommate went to the location but he couldn’t find the car. Young told the roommate several differed versions of what happened that night, from a car-jacking, to Young parking the car too close to the water and it fell in.
The roommate told Detectives, that days later, when he told Young that Officers had recovered the vehicle in the canal, Young quickly put on his shoes and ran out of the back door of their residence.
On June 2nd, Detectives interviewed Young at CCPD Headquarters about the incident. Young told Detectives that he walked St. Surin’s dog out with a leash and opened her car door. At that moment, he was struck on the back of the head and knocked unconscious by an unknown suspect. When he regained consciousness, the car and the dog were gone.
Based on the totality of the circumstances, Michael Young was placed under arrest for Grand Theft Auto and Cruelty to Animals for intentionally driving St. Surin’s car into a canal with her dog inside, leaving the dog behind in the canal to die.