New York City police arrested the owner of the dog that bit into a woman’s sneaker on the NYC Number 4 subway train in Manhattan during an argument. Ruben Roncallo, 53, was arrested Thursday without incident and has been charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
The incident occurred late Friday afternoon, and onlookers reported the owner had been seated with his dog next to him on the 4 train. The dog accidentally bumped into a woman sitting in the next seat, and the woman told the man to remove his dog. It didn’t take long for an argument to escalate and when the woman allegedly hit the man, the dog responded by biting into the woman’s sneaker. The woman was not seriously injured.
A video, which passenger TahSyl Kyng recorded and posted on his Facebook page, shows the struggle to get the dog to release the woman’s sneaker. Fellow passengers yelled and chaos kept the drama going. When the woman took off her shoe, the dog let go, and at the next stop the dog and his owner left the train.
According to the New York Post, Roncallo contends the woman hit him first and his pit bull is a service animal. Police state Roncallo and his dog have had previous complaints about them, and neighbors were scared of the dog – blaming the owner’s personality for making the dog hyper.
The dog is currently in the care of a family member.
You can check out the video by clicking here.
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Photo of dog on subway and arrest made via NYP screenshot and TahSyl Kyng)
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