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Father, Son Sic Pit Bull On Man During Robbery Attempt

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

June 28, 2011

WHITTIER – A Whittier man and his teenage son were behind bars Sunday on suspicion of badly beating another man during a robbery attempt and sicking their pit bull on him, officials said.

The victim had the tips of both ears bitten off by the dog in the attack, in addition to other injuries, Whittier police Lt. Carlos Solorza said.

Richard Aragon Sr., 51, and his 16-year-old son were booked on suspicion of attempted robbery and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with Saturday’s 9:15 p.m. incident in the 8900 block of Painter Avenue, the lieutenant said.

The teenage suspect approached the victim, a 43-year-old Whittier man, and demanded his wallet, Solorza said. When the man refused, he was attacked.

Aragon then joined in the fray, releasing his pit bull on the victim, police said in a written statement.

“When we got their, he was bleeding profusely,” he said. “He had been punched and kicked in the head by the men and … the tips of both ears were bitten off my the dog.”

The victim also suffered a gash to his head requiring stitches and had visible boot marks on his head, police added.

The injured man was taken to an Orange County trauma center for treatment, where he was listed in stable condition.

Officers found Aragon and his son, along with their pit bull, inside a nearby apartment complex and arrested them in connection with the violent robbery attempt, Solorza said.

“Bloody boots were also found in one of the assailant’s apartments,” according to the statement.

The third man possibly involved in the attack was not found, authorities said. Animal control officials quarantined the dog pending the investigation.

According to sheriff’s booking records, Aragon was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail at the Whittier Police Department’s Jail. Information on his initial court date was not available, however criminal suspects held in custody are generally brought before a judge within two working days of arrest.

The 16-year-old suspect was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.

As officers were investigating the incident, another teenage boy was being detained and questioned by police when he “became upset and swung at one of the officers,” according to the police statement.

After a struggle that ended with the juvenile being shocked with a Taser, he was arrested on suspicion of assault on a police officer, officials said.

He was not tied to the initial failed robbery and attack.


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