Wednesday, February 20, 2008
San Diego, CA - A 36-year-old man attacked a park ranger at Chollas Park on Monday afternoon after the female ranger asked him to put his pit bull on a leash. San Diego police Lt. Mark Hanten said this is where the confrontation started . She tried to get him to leash the dog, and he took exception to it.
According to witnesses, the man ended up throwing a rock at the park ranger, who responded by pepper spraying him. After that, the man got in his car and drove at both the park ranger and another person. The female Ranger held her ground, keeping everyone safe and that dog on a leash.After the man drove toward the park ranger, he backed up and drove away to a nearby neighborhood where he lives. Investigators said the man was apparently so upset that he punched a parked white truck with his fist. The truck's owner called police. Later, John Rodriguez was picked up and booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
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| 2/20/2008 4:15 AM |
Certainly, a park ranger's not going to let a pit bull go running around the park unleashed, so that's where the confrontation started," said San Diego police Lt. Mark Hanten. "She tried to get him to leash the dog. And he took exception to it."
He probably thought he was 'ambassadoring" for the breed by showing the public that a Pit Bull could be off-leash without killing somebody. Then the ranger, deeply influenced by false media reports, overreacted, pushing his buttons.
Pit Bull assumed "victimhood" taken to a militant level.