HARRISBURG PA - RESPONSIBLE PIT BULL OWNERS? DRUGS GUNS DOG FIGHTING ROBBERY ASSAULT A PIT NAMED "MENACE"
Harrisburg police on Wednesday accused three people of unleashing their dog named "Menace," against the dog of a man they didn't like and then beating up the man after the dog fight.
The victim suffered two broken ribs, broken bones in his face, a knee injury and head injuries in the attack.
The investigation expanded and three more people were charged after police searched a home near 14th and Hanover streets looking for evidence of dogfighting and instead found two stolen guns, fentanyl, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and nearly 600 bags of heroin. Police also found shotgun shells and a bullet resistant vest.
Police announced the charges Wednesday against six defendants after completing their investigation. The investigation began March 9 when police were called to 14th and Swatara streets for a man down on the street. Officers found the victim unconscious with blood flowing from his nose and mouth.
The next day, someone provided police a video clip that was being shared on social media showing the dog fight between the victim's dog and a white pit bull named Menace. Police believe three people brought the dog to 14th and Swatara to attack the victim's dog and they allegedly later attacked the victim.
On March 30, police executed a search warrant of a home at 427 South 14th Street to look for syringes, steroids or evidence of dog fighting.
Police found drugs, drug paraphernalia, more than $3,300 in cash and three guns, including a 9 mm stolen from Carlisle and a .22-caliber stolen from Camp Hill. Both thefts occurred last year.
The suspects with charges filed against them are:
Charles Baumgartner, 32, who was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and animal fighting. He is on work release with an unsecured bail of $100,000.
Evelyn Lewis, 48, who was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and animal fighting. She was released from jail on $15,000 unsecured bail.
Samuel Lindsay, 29, who was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and animal fighting. He remained in jail Wednesday with a $35,000 monetary bond. He has previous convictions for robbery and aggravated assault from 2007.
Saliek Riker, 42, was charged with illegal gun possession, receiving stolen property, possession with intent to sell heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, fugitive from New Jersey and failing to register as a sex offender with Pennsylvania State Police. He remained in jail Wednesday in lieu of a $1 million bond.
Derrick Turner, 32, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was in jail Wednesday in Allegheny County.
Brandy Hernandez, 27, who was charged with possession with intent to sell heroin, illegal gun possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony warrant. Police were still looking for Hernandez.
Harrisburg in 2015 approved a $300,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to work with the Harrisburg Humane Society to combat dog fighting. The grant assisted with the investigation, police said. The Animal Control unit started the investigation and police detectives took over.