Posted: Friday, March 22nd 2013 at 3:35pm
Authorities make arrests in assault/dog bite case
By Derreck Booth Editor
Gainesville Police Friday said both suspects in an aggravated assault case last Saturday have been arrested.
The men, both from Cumming, allegedly fled the PetSmart store on Dawsonville Highway when their pitbull dog bit a little boy. One of the suspects pulled a pistol as a witness tried to stop them from leaving.
Police Corporal Kevin Holbrook said 26 year old Darin Lee Dyer Junior is charged with aggravated assault. Hall County Sheriff's deputies arrested him Friday afternoon.
"He is believed to be the one that did brandish the weapon, did pull the weapon," Holbrook said.
Earlier Friday afternoon, Hall and Forsyth County deputies arrested the dog owner, also the man police believe drove the two away from the store. 29 year old Craig Allen Wooke is charged with party to a crime.
Holbrook said Hall County Animal Control is also continuing to work the case.
"Hall County Animal Control was certain that the dog that they had in quartantine was the dog responsible for the incident. Of course, they are still currently investigating that portion of the case," Holbrook said.
The boy's mother Michelle Lane told Fox 5 News earlier this week that she petted the dog first and it seemed friendly, but when her son David reached to pet the animal, it lunged and bit him in the face. David had nine stitches on his nose as a result.
She also told the TV station she wanted to make sure the dog has been updated on all of its vaccines, including its rabies shot.
There's no word yet on the current status of the animal with animal control.
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