Owner of dog that bit woman’s sneaker on NYC subway arrested

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.

Read previous coverage here.

Photo of dog on subway and arrest made via NYP screenshot and TahSyl Kyng)

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19 replies
  1. Red says:

    The old bat hit the man first….the dog protected his owner….AND YOU ARREST THE MAN!?!?!? What about assault on the old lady?

    • Pamela Bolton says:

      The “old lady” got what she deserved. If I were one of the passengers, I would have demanded SHE be removed from the train. Such a hateful old bat. Maybe she will think about pushing another dog off a seat and hitting its owner. She should be thankful her shoe was the only thing chewed. Old Bat!!

    • Animal Advocate says:

      Exactly Red She should have been arrested for assault. If she had the dog and the man had hit her he would have been arrested I bet! The people on the train hollering sure didn’t help the situation.

  2. Adrienne says:

    How is this dog a service dog? Why? You should have control of your dog at all times,and whether the woman was right to hit the man if first, nevertheless, he should have been able to get his dog to stop immediately.Protecting your person is one thing, not letting go when told is another. Glad the dog has been given to a family member. If he wants his dog back both should go for handling and behavior training so this does not happen again (if he gets his dog back). Lucky woman that there was no serious injury. Dog not to blame but owner is.

    • porclain says:

      Andrienne you are fkin delusional and another of those the blame bad behavior on your victim. Be responsible. This woman is a human being and she should by all means be able to control herself. She started this whole incident and that man needs to sue her into oblivion for being a bitch.

  3. Nancy Raymond says:

    That old bat should be arrested for assaulting the man – she hit him first – and she is lucky the dog only went after her shoe – being a service dog, he is there to protect his owner from assholes like her. If she had any damn manners she would have politely asked the man to remove the dog, instead she got nasty immediately and then hit him – exactly what did she expect? I’d much rather be sitting next to a dog on the subway rather than an miserable old bitch like her. I have zero sympathy for her – she needs to learn some manners. This man should be released and be back with his dog. And I believe little to nothing that the NYC cops say – they are well noted for their covering up and spewing lies.

  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    The stupid woman started the whole thing by pushing the dog and then hitting the owner. Why should the man be arrested for assault? Let’s face it by the time this is over, the only one that will be punished will be the dog! Probably found to be vicious and put to sleep.

  5. Linda Novak says:

    If I read correctly, she pushed to dog off the seat then told the man to move his dog. Then it escalated from there. The dog I feel is not at fault. He’s protecting his owner. The woman started it. But he has no control over his dog. Service animal or not, he can’t control him. The woman should be fined & the man as well for allowing it to get out of hand. I don’t blame the dog one bit. She seems like an impatient, mean & demanding woman.

  6. Marni Montanez says:

    The woman pushed the dog and struck the man first. Why isn’t she being arrested? This pit bull was only protecting his owner from this violent woman. If this dog meant business he could have gone for her throat or her arm. If you agree than please email or call the NY police and ask them to arrest this lady for starting the fight.

    • Animal Advocate says:

      He may not have been able to get the entire incident since it started after she hit the man. She should be going to jail. I agree He was protecting his owner from a violent woman. I hope they don’t euthanize the poor dog and his pet parent gets him back. She shouldn’t have pushed the dog. Service dogs aren’t supposed to be touched unless you ask the owner. And of course the media, law enforcement and general population will make a big deal because he’s a pittie !

  7. Pamela Bolton says:

    Don’t blame the man and his dog for reacting to a sub human woman that was being rude and hostile. People like her are the cause of a lot of people AND animals paying for their bull. The dog was doing NOTHING wrong until this crass woman opened her mouth. If she didn’t like sitting next to the dog, all she had to do was MOVE.


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