Police: Man Died Trying To Rescue Kitten From Catch Basin

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Southwest Side man apparently lost his life in a valiant effort to try to rescue a kitten from a catch basin.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Roberto Garcia was pronounced dead at 11:55 p.m. Thursday at his home in the 5100 block of South Campbell Avenue in the Gage Park neighborhood, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. No apparent cause of death was listed.

One of Garcia’s feet was sticking out of the sewer hole in Garcia’s backyard when police found him at 10:20 p.m. A neighbor taking out the trash had called police after also seeing Garcia’s foot.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Garcia, who hadn’t been seen by anyone since Monday night, was found in the hole with his head submerged under the water, police said.

A source said Garcia may have drowned in the basin when he dove in to rescue a kitten that that lived in the yard and had fallen down the circular cement hole.

Garcia had been renovating the home when the apparent accident happened, and may have been drunk at the time, the source said.

Police have not said what happened to the kitten.

An autopsy on Garcia is scheduled for later Friday.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Mr. Bill

    Nobody had seen him since Monday. He was found with his foot sticking out of a sewer on Thursday. How did they come to the conclusion he was drunk and trying to save a kitten? Curious minds want to know!

  • Roberta Waker

    George, I agree with you 100%. CBS is getting a record for not reporting all the facts because they are in such a hurry to get the news out. You have to wait for three or four updates before the whole/true story comes out and CBS is losing its credibility.

  • Jim B.

    Kind of funny that they just used a stock photo of a kitty cat that had nothing to do with this gent’s demise. I was thinking that it didn’t look too worse for wear . . . only to finally realize it was a fill-in cat. I feel so deceived. So used. Damn you, WBBM!

  • Gerald Spencer

    It doesn’t matter if there are allegations of drinking, the fact that this man may have been trying to save a kitten’s life is an example of people who value life for “all creatures great and small. For all others: If you just want to be a self-entitled jerk, just hope someone might come along and try to get your endangered butt out of a catch basin.

  • Juan Diaz

    Oye, where es Roberto?
    No se but I see two feet steeking out of la sewer!
    Roberto, you better get out of de sewer or you got a lot slainin to do!

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