ELKHART — An Elkhart teen accused of throwing a lit firework at a pit bull will face charges as an adult.
Marquis Gary, 16, faces a felony charge of cruelty to an animal for throwing a lit firework at a dog on July 5. The dog had to be euthanized by the Humane Society of Elkhart County after the firework exploded in her mouth.
The incident received national attention after the Humane Society of the United States offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the dog’s death.
Gary will also be charged as an adult with robbery while armed with a deadly weapon for an unrelated incident in which he stole money from a man at gunpoint, according to a press release from the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s office.
Gary was waived to Elkhart Circuit Court by Magistrate Deborah Domine and transferred to the Elkhart County Jail on Monday, Sept. 16.
The court determined that “juvenile resources had been exhausted on Marquis Gary and it would be in the best interest of the community for him to be charged as an adult,” according to the press release.
His bond was set at $5,000 for the animal cruelty charge and $50,000 for the robbery charge.