KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kylr Yust, the ex-boyfriend of missing Belton girl Kara Kopetsky, is in jail on two counts of animal abuse charges.
NBC Action News has exclusive video of the arrest Sunday near 99th and Locust in south Kansas City.
Police are searching his home for a missing kitten believed to be still alive. Officers have searched inside his apartment. They are also searching a creek area where he is accused of killing two other kittens. As of 4:05 p.m. Monday, the kitten was not found.
Last week, Yust pleaded guilty to abusing an 18-year-old woman with whom he had a relationship. The judge placed him on two years probation.
The woman told police that Yust choked her repeatedly and then would strike her to bring her back. She said he threatened to kill her and eventually he choked her until she completely passed out.
The two lived together and the woman told police Yust had killed the kittens, but he was not charged with the animal abuse case until now.
According to the police report, the woman stated "she could hear Yust continue beating the kitten on the bathroom floor, intentionally killing the kitten."
According to the report, she told police that earlier Yust had picked up two kittens and trapped them in a brown sack.
"Yust tied the brown sack off with the kittens still alive inside of it," the police account says. "Yust left the residence and walked back to a creek located behind their apartment complex."
"Yust threw the brown sack which still contained the alive kittens into the creek," police report the woman said. "Yust intentionally did this because the kittens didn't deserve to live.
During his arrest last night, Yust denied the allegations claiming he had broken off the relationship and she was creating the story as revenge.
Click here to see police report that led to recent assault charge and animal abuse charges: http://media2.nbcactionnews.com/NWT/20110906_kylryustincident.pdf
He has never been charged in connection to the disappearance of Kopetsky, who was last seen in 2007, but he has acknowledged police considered him a suspect.
In 2007, police said he had an alibi and had passed a lie detector test.
Prior to her disappearance, Kopetsky filed a restraining order against him alleging he choked her and threatened to kill her. Police say Yust passed a lie detector test in relation to Kopetsky's disappearance.
In the July beating case, the victim told police that in addition to choking and beating her, he had killed three kittens.
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