25 yr old JOSHUA ROMERO
san jose, california
san jose, california
A San Jose man is facing two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and a charge of making a criminal threat, but his neighbors say that's not the full story.
Joshua Romero, 25, is in custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today in connection with an incident last weekend on Tallahassee Drive near Cassel Park.
Neighbors acknowledge Romero's involvement in a fight, but they say a group of people walking a pit bull provoked the encounter involving Romero and his pit bull outside his home, despite police reports that indicate otherwise.
Two neighbors -- who also witnessed parts of the fight -- told the Mercury News they told police at the time of Romero's 2 a.m. Saturday arrest that he was not the one who started the fight.
Felipe Heredia, 26, said he watched a group of six or seven people approach Romero and his pit bull, Wilber.
Another neighbor who did not want to be identified said he heard arguing, including a female voice who appeared to be "mouthing off."
Heredia said someone in the group unleashed the other dog, who began attacking Wilber.
"Josh tried to pull the dogs apart," Heredia said, who witnessed the scene from his garage, where he was playing pool. "But the guys started beating the dog, then kicking and fighting with Josh."
Officer Jose Garcia, a department spokesman, said that the neighbor's accounts do not match up with the police reports.
Although Heredia told the Mercury News that he told his account to police, Garcia said that he reviewed Heredia's statement that morning, and he did not tell police about the other group. Garcia would not release the police reports in their entirety, but summarized portions. He said that according to the summary, Romero's dog was unleashed and charged the other dog. Police reports also state that Romero stabbed a 16-year-old and his 26-year-old uncle, who was treated at the hospital for wounds that were not life-threatening.
In separate interviews, Romero's friends told the Mercury News he was himself stabbed in the hand.
When police arrived, the others involved had taken off, neighbors said. They also said police fired a Taser at Wilber, then shot and killed the dog.
Garcia said that Wilber was killed because the pit bull was seen running around loose in a neighbor's backyard and lunged at officers after he was Tased.
Romero was handcuffed and taken into custody.
Court records show that Romero was convicted of a misdemeanor battery in 2002 and possessing a controlled substance in 2003.
Capt. Leslie Tisdale, field operations supervisor for San Jose's Animal Care Center, said an animal control officer over the weekend picked up a dead dog on Tallahassee Drive.
She said that the shelter's veterinarian has looked at the dog's body and "does not see any indication of this dog having been involved in dog fighting."
Anyone with information regarding this incident may call San Jose police at 408-277-4166.
i wish all pit bull attacks and shootings were this amusing.