Queen Anne

Police: Jogger confronted by pit bull chokes man with dog's leash

SEATTLE --  A jogger was so angry at being confronted by an escaped pit bull that he choked its (sort-of) owner with the dog's own leash Sunday night in Queen Anne, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the jogger was in the 1600 block of 10th Avenue West around 8:50 p.m. when a pit bull ran in front of him and started to growl. The jogger yelled at the dog, and it ran behind a bush.

The jogger later told officers he yelled, "Who owns this dog? Come and get him" before seeing a man walking down the sidewalk calling for a dog by its name.

According to the report, the jogger asked the man if the pit bull belonged to him, and he said it didn't. But, the man had a dog leash draped over his shoulders, so the jogger asked him again. For a second time, the man said the pit bull didn't belong to him.

Really not giving up on his line of questioning, the jogger asked a third time if the pit bull belonged to the man. This time the man said the dog belonged to his brother and parents.

According to the report, the jogger then took things up a notch by telling dog's pedantic not-owner: "You're a lying [expletive]. You know the dog's name, and you have the dog leash around your neck. [Expletive] you."

The jogger told officers he was so angry about the pit bull not being on its leash that he grabbed the leash from the man's shoulders, wrapped it around his neck and started choking him, pulling him to the ground.

A witness in a nearby house saw what was happening, ran outside and tackled the jogger to get him off the man, according to the report.

Officers arrived, and the victim explained the pit bull escaped when his brother took out the garbage. When he went to find it, the jogger started yelling at him and then attacked him, he said.

Officers arrested the jogger and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

If there's a silver lining to this story, it's that we now have another lesson in escalating any situation.