Man joins his pit bull in attacks: Police

Brooklyn Currents | 8/06/2013 | 0 comments

A man arrested in Prospect Park on Monday, Aug. 5 was just as vicious as his own pit bull, police said.

Donnell Barden, 42, not only unleashed his pet on other dogs in the park, but also joined in the attacks, beating the canine victims with a cane and in one instance, stabbing one with an ice pick, according to police and witnesses.

Police arrested Barden at 15th Street and West Drive after dog owners pointed him out. He was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon, a small knife.

This flyer was posted around Prospect Park:

Police nabbed Donnell Barden after Eric Barstad, 28, and some friends posted flyers around the park warning others about the attacks.
Barden wasn't unfamiliar with handcuffs. In 1992, he pleaded guilty to attempted murder after he fired a gun toward a city police officer who was looking for him after he allegedly tied up his former boss and stole his credit cards. He was released from prison in May 2010 after serving seven years behind bars.

Barden had been sicking his pit bull on other dogs for the past several months, area residents said.

Eric Barstad, 28,  posted flyers around the park warning dog owners about Barden. "We are incredibly relieved that police apprehended him," he told the Daily News. "The park will definitely feel like a safer place."


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