- New York, USA -
The Town of Manlius Police Department has arrested three teenagers in connection with the theft of a mother swan and her four cygnets and the killing of the mother swan.
Police said the three monsters are aged 16, 17, and 18 years old. The latter has been identified as EMAN HUSSAN (pictured).
During a press conference, Manlius Police Captain Tina Stanton said that on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023, they received information that a mother swan known as Faye, and her four babies were missing from a fenced-in pond owned by the City of Manlius.
Captain Stanton said that an investigation was launched and that at that point they were not sure whether they “had a crime.” Police distributed a press release and reached out to the public for information. Tips from citizens advised police that two cygnets may be at Black Friday Bins located in Shop City Plaza in the Town of Salina. Police obtained search warrants and responded to the location where two of Faye’s babies were found.
At the press conference, Manlius Police Sgt. Ken Hatter explained that police interviewed staff where at least one of the teenagers was employed. The 16-year-old employee turned himself in to the police.
Police gave the cygnets to the biologist who is contracted by the Village of Manlius to ensure the health and wellbeing of the swans.
As the investigation continued, police received more information about the whereabouts of the remaining two cygnets. Officers then responded to the given location, a private residence in the city of Syracuse, and found Faye’s two other babies. The two babies were also turned over to the same biologist. All four babies will be cared for and returned to the pond in about six weeks when they are old enough to survive on their own.
Reporters present at the press conference asked police how and when the three teenagers got into the pond. Police answered that just after midnight on Saturday, they hopped over a fence encircling Goose Lake Park. At the time, Faye was nesting by Manlius Swan Pond. Two of the criminals held her down to capture her and then murdered her. They then stole her four cygnets, leaving behind Manny, Faye’s longtime mate.
Mayor Paul Whorrall, who was also present at the press conference, explained that when Faye’s babies are returned to the pond, Manny will then be removed because after losing Faye, he can become “combative.” As many of you know, swans do mate forever. One of the reasons why I love them so much! The biologist will care for Manny until another location can be found.
Reportedly, the three monsters took mama Faye to the home of the aunt of one of them where she was cooked and eaten by family and friends.
Sgt. Ken Hatter said the three criminals claimed they thought Faye was a “large duck” and that they “did not have any idea of the significance the swans had on this community,” or that the swans are owned by the village.
Sgt. Hatter said that when he asked the three criminals what they intended to do with the cygnets, they said they were going to raise them as pets.
The three monsters were arrested on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, and charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony, criminal mischief in the second degree, a class D felony, conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class B misdemeanor, and criminal trespass in the third degree, a class A misdemeanor. The 16-year-old and the 17-year-old were released to their parents because they are juveniles, HUSSAN was released on his own recognizance and a court date was set for June 15, 2023, for his arraignment at the Village of Manlius Court at 6:30 p.m.
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All HUSSAN’s pictures are still images from a video published by New York Post.