NEWPORT OR - A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN WITH A PIT BULL REFUSED TO LEAVE THE ENTRYWAY OF A BAR AND INCITED HIS PIT TO ATTACK SEVERAL OFFICERS
Newport Police officers say a 24-year-old man incited his PIT BULL to attack several of their officers outside a bar Wednesday night.
Police were called to the Bier One Pub in the 400 block of SW Coast Highway around 11:40 p.m. The owner of the bar had called police because a man and his pit bull had been acting aggressively toward other patrons. They were sitting in the bar's entryway and refused to leave.
Once officers arrived, they asked the man to leave. He initially walked away, but then began inciting his pit bull to act aggressively. The man loosened the dog's leash, allowing it to bite one of the officers. Police say the man walked away again but refused to leave the area, saying he was being unfairly targeted because he had a pit bull.
He came at the officers in a "combative manner," grabbed his dog's leash and warned he would set the dog loose. He suddenly provided slack to the dog's leash, allowing it to lunge at the officers, who then used a Taser on the dog. The pit bull ran away and has yet to be found.
The suspect, identified as Robert Garland Hartsock, was arrested on charges of attempted assault, resisting arrest and menacing. His bail was set at $165,000.