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22-Pound Cat Goes 'Over The Edge,' Attacks And Holds Family Hostage In Bedroom

By Oulimata Ba | Mar 11, 2014 02:00 PM EDT

Lux The Cat
A family called 911 after its 22-pound cat, named Lux, scratched a baby and held the family hostage in their bedroom. (Photo : Twitter)

A family's 22-pound cat reportedly attacked a baby and held the family hostage in their Portland, Oregon home, causing the family to lock themselves in the bedroom and call 911.

The cat, a Himalayan named Lux, first allegedly scratched its owner's 7-month-old baby on Sunday. The owners reprimanded the cat, but Lux later "went over the edge" and tried to attack its owners, KPTV reported.

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Police arrived at an apartment complex around 8 p.m. in response to a 911 call from Lee Palmer.

"He's trying to attack us," said Palmer, who lives with his girlfriend Teresa Baker at The Yards at Union Station complex, KPTV reported. "He's very, very, very hostile."

Palmer said his girlfriend and their son, Jesse, were trapped in the bedroom, and that the cat charged at them whenever they tired opening the door. Palmer also said Lux has a history of violence.

"The 911 operator stayed on the phone with the caller and to ensure the family, including the dog, remained safe in the bedroom as the cat screeched in the background," the Portland Police Bureau said in a press release.

Police on the scene brought along a dog snare in case they needed to use it on the cat. The police ended up using the dog snare, but not before the cat avoided being taken into custody. The cat fled into the kitchen when police arrived. Lux was eventually captured and put inside a crate.

"The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family, and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city," the bureau said in a statement. 

No official motive for the cat's behavior has been reported.

Palmer said Lux bit the baby earlier and that he "kicked the cat in the rear" as punishment, KPTV reported.

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