Police: Dog attacks threatening man

2012-07-18T11:57:00Z 2012-07-18T19:49:04Z Police: Dog attacks threatening manBy Jeff Burton jeff.burton@nwi.com, (219) 548-4354 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | Police are looking for a man with bite marks to his arm and leg after they say he tried to break into a woman's apartment and was greeted by her dog.

Valparaiso police were called to an apartment in the 100 block of Madison Street just before 3 a.m. Wednesday where a 20-year-old woman said she woke up to change her son's diaper and heard a knock at theĀ front door.

She said she went to the door, looked through the peep hole and saw a man who had been at her apartment two weeks ago looking for someone who didn't live there.

The woman told officers she woke her boyfriend and opened the door with the chain still in place. The man reportedly told her his car had broken down and he needed to use her phone. When she told him her phone was out of order, the woman said he kicked through her storm door and punched the entry door, breaking the chain.

She said she began screaming for her boyfriend and another man living there, when her two pit bulls came out of the bedroom and one of them bit the man in his right arm.

The woman said the man ran out of the apartment with the dog still on chomping on his arm. Eventually, the dog released the man's arm only to then bite down on his leg.

The woman's boyfriend and the apartment's other resident followed the man outside where they reportedly found he had an accomplice. After a brief altercation, police said the two suspects ran off.

Officers said they found a trail of blood down the alley, stopping just south of Chicago Street, but were unable to find the two men.

The woman described the injured suspect as a white male of average height, weighing about 200 pounds and wearing dark basketball shorts and no shirt.

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