Man wanted for animal cruelty arrested

He was taken into custody peacefully Tuesday night.

Bradley A. Bethel was arrested late Tuesday on a $20,000 warrant for a felony animal cruelty charge. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Police Department)

Bradley A. Bethel was arrested late Tuesday on a $20,000 warrant for a felony animal cruelty charge. (Courtesy Photo | Juneau Police Department)

Police say a Juneau man indicted last week for felony animal cruelty was arrested late Tuesday night.

Bradley A. Bethel, 32 — who had a $20,000 warrant out for his arrest — was taken into custody peacefully by Juneau Police Department officers, Lt. Krag Campbell said Wednesday by phone.

Campbell said officers saw a man matching Bethel’s description enter a residence on the 600 block of West 12th Street. After knocking on the door and receiving no response, officers obtained a search warrant and entered the residence, locating and arresting Bethel, police said.

Police took Bethel to Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Court proceedings have not yet been scheduled at this time.

Bethel was indicted after an unrelated police investigation turned up video of an individual, allegedly Bethel, torturing kittens.

Previously, Bethel was arrested in 2013 for his role in a heroin smuggling operation and spent time in federal prison.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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