Man Accused of Tossing Dog Through Window Appears in Court

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/30 2014 03:12PM

Updated 06/30 2014 04:34PM

William B. Rabourn III, 23, of Springfield
William B. Rabourn III, 23, of Springfield/courtesy Greene County Jail
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man accused of killing a small dog by throwing it out of a third-floor window appeared in Greene County Circuit Court today and is to next appear on July 28 for a motion hearing.

According to a probable cause statement, William B. Rabourn of Springfield broke down the door to a woman’s apartment and threw an eight-month-old Maltipoo out the window.

The incident started Saturday night on a “party bus,” the court document states, where Rabourn was making sexual advances on a woman he’d been in a romantic relationship with for months.

The woman told investigators she declined the advances.  When the bus stopped at a gas station, Rabourn went to get snacks, but was not allowed back on the bus and left at the gas station.

The woman told police Rabourn tried to call and text her numerous times, but she didn’t respond.

A witness at Hickman Apartments, where the woman lived, told officers she saw a man later identified as Rabourn kick in the door to another apartment  and come out of it holding a small dog.

When he reached the first set of stairs, which had an open window, he threw the dog overhand out of the window, according to the probable cause statement. Police measured the distance from the window to where the dog was laying and measured just over 46 feet.

The man then fled the scene, but was located later by Missouri State University security and Springfield Police officers.

Rabourn was taken charged with second-degree burglary and felony stealing an animal. His bond was set at $15,000, which he posted and was released.

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