Jason Falbo, duck enemy number one. Falbo, a malevolent Florida landscaper, intentionally drove his riding mower over a family of a ducks – not once, not twice, but three times. The 24-year-old landscaper chewed up a dozen ducks – a mother duck and her eleven ducklings. Nine of the eleven ducks perished; only the mother duck and two of her ducklings survived the spinning blades from Falbo’s death machine. To top it off, Falbo was laughing about it.
The malicious mower is being held in jail on nine counts of animal cruelty – one count for each murdered duckling – and the judge placed his bond at $27,000, or $3,000 per duck. According to a police affidavit, Falbo’s actions were taken with “extreme intent.”
Writes Florida’s Palm Beach Post: “Larissa Gontchar watched on a beautiful day with her husband and 7-year-old son from their home as a mother duck and her 11 ducklings made their way from the lake to the food the family left for them in their backyard. Then, she heard the lawnmower.”
Inside of the home were Gontchar, her husband Boyd Jentzsch and their seven-year-old son Kai. The family was horrified as they watched Falbo slaughter the ducks.
The incident occurred on May 2, but it was only this week that Falbo, a commercial landscaper with Reliable Lawn Care in West Palm Beach, was picked up and booked.
“Everything was flying in the air, the blade was so powerful,” Gontchar said. “It was horrific.” Larissa added that her son Kai even ran out to try to stop Falbo. “He was yelling, ‘Stop, stop! Ducks! Stop!’”
According to the police report, carried by The Smoking Gun in two separate links, the family had been caring for the ducks, regularly placing food for them in their backyard, which borders a lake. After they put some food down on May 2, they went inside and watched from their back door.
The report reads:
The lawn man then ran directly over the ducklings and body parts were scattered all over the lawn. Boyd Jentzsch, Larissa Gontchar and Kai all observed the ducklings being chopped into little pieces. The lawn man then stopped and backed the lawnmower up and moved forward again, killing more ducklings. Larissa Gontchar ran out followed by Boyd Jentzsch of the home yelling for the lawn man to stop. The lawn man then backed up again, proceeded forward, killing more ducklings and aiming for the mother and two remaining ducklings.
The report said that some of the ducklings made it to the water but drowned. When the family ran out, Falbo at first refused to stop mowing. When he did, he was laughing.
According to the report, Jentzch yelled to Falbo: “What the f**k do you think you’re doing?” Falbo’s response? “They were in my path so I just kept mowing.”
Due to eyewitness testimony by three people, none baby ducks lost their lives cruelly and viciously with extreme intent by Jason Falbo… This is clear intent which resulted in the excessive as well as repeated infliction of pain, ultimately causing death. – Palm Beach County Police, probable cause statement.
Falbo’s employer, Wayne Soini, disputes the charges. Says the Palm Beach Post: “Wayne Soini, Falbo’s boss who was not at the scene when the ducks were killed, said the incident is just a big misunderstanding. The grass was too high for Falbo, who has been working for the lawn maintenance company for nine months, to see the ducklings, Soini said.”
The family of course disputes that, stating they were able to clearly see the ducks from their home; there is no way Falbo accidentally ran them over, and over, and over again.
Records show that this is not Falbo’s first run-in with the law. Reports the Inquisitr:
According to county arrest records, the suspect in the bird deaths has a history of domestic violence investigations. In April, he was accused of domestic battery by strangulation, aggravated child abuse, cruelty towards a child, and battery.
Jentzsch said, “It was one of the most emotional things I’ve ever seen.” Gontchar said the mother has come back to the spot repeated times, looking for her brood of babies.
“She came back and was clucking, calling for her ducklings,” Gontchar said through tears. “But they weren’t there.”
What punishment do you think Jason Falbo should face for murdering a family of ducks?