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Firefighter pleads not guilty to beating woman feeding cats

A firefighter pleaded not guilty to charges that he beat a woman who was feeding stray cats in his neighborhood.
October 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Los Angeles firefighter pleaded not guilty to charges that he beat a woman who was feeding stray cats in his neighborhood.

Ian Eulian, 37, appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday, charged with felony battery and assault.

Prosecutors say Eulian, an off-duty L.A. Fire Department engineer, approached a 47-year-old woman while she sat in a parked car in the 2500 block of West View Street in Los Angeles and engaged in a verbal altercation at about 12:20 a.m. on Sept. 14. When Eulian leaned into the car yelling, the victim threw pieces of cat kibble at him to push him back, according to prosecutors.

Eulian allegedly responded by punching the woman, and his mother, 70-year-old Lonieta Fontaine, allegedly slapped the victim several times. Prosecutors say Eulian then pulled the victim out of her car and punched the victim once or twice more as she fell to the ground.

When the victim regained consciousness, Eulian and Fontaine helped her back into her car and drove her home, telling her she had tripped and hit her face on the car, according to the D.A.'s office. But the incident was caught on surveillance cameras nearby.

If convicted, Eulian faces up to seven years in state prison, while Fontaine faces up to four years in state prison. She is expected to appear in court Friday.