Man escapes after he's set upon by pit bulls and shot twice

Motive, suspects sought in Balto. County attack

September 01, 2001|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

Two men unleashed several pit bulls on a man they had tied to a chair yesterday, then shot him twice when he managed to escape and tried to flee, Baltimore County police said.

The unusual attack, which police cannot fully explain, occurred about 2 p.m. in the 3100 block of Rolling Road, south of Randallstown.

Police said the man, who is not being identified, gave two acquaintances a ride from an unknown Pikesville location to the Rolling Road address. The man, believed to be in his 30s, then accompanied the two men inside.

"Then, things turned very bad," said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman. "They tied him up and released pit bulls on him."

Toohey said the dogs bit the man repeatedly in the legs for several minutes before he managed to escape from the chair.

The two men then fired -- neighbors reported hearing as many as 10 shots -- at the injured man as he fled, striking him twice.

The injured man got into his red pickup truck and drove frantically through several yards in an attempt to flee, Toohey said.

He came to a stop about 200 yards away in the Deer Run at Mayfield housing development, in the 3200 block of Rolling Road. There, construction workers went to his aid and called police.

The man was transported to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center to be treated for gunshot wounds and "severe" dog bites, Toohey said. Police described his injuries as nonlife-threatening.

The man's attackers fled the scene. Toohey said police know of no motive or suspects, but he said the injured man knew his attackers by their nicknames. "We just know he knows who they are," Toohey said.

Police are not sure whether the men responsible lived at the house where the attack took place. Neighbors said about a dozen pit bulls are kept there.

Toohey said police had been called to the address several times, but he could not determine yesterday the details of those calls.

Horace Hannah, 51, and Francine Hannah, 48, own the house, according to tax records. They were unavailable for comment yesterday.

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