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UPDATED: "Terrier-able" Behavior: Dog Owner Attacks Woman in Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park

Zone 6 investigators have arrested the man in the video for assault.

UPDATED: After a long night of numerous leads and tips, information led Atlanta Police Department Zone 6 Officer R. Ramirez and Investigator T. Dennis to identify and arrest Louis Rivera as the man in the video attacking a woman in the park.  According to Sgt. Lyon, "Louis Rivera was arrested for simple battery." He was taken in custody on Feb. 22.

Original Post:

OLD FOURTH WARD —  The video speaks for itself.

Atlanta police are looking for a dog owner who went ballistic on a woman in the Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park striking her at one point — all because he felt his two pit bulls had first rights to play in the park since they were there first.

The victim, who was watching five chidren as they played in the park, pulled out her mobile phone and began taking video of the suspect, when he became loud and aggressive.

He came at at her and the video clip shows the suspect yelling at her and with his two pit bull terriers in hand, slaps the phone out of her hand.

It was slapped so hard that it seems to spin in the air for five seconds before falling to the ground.

According to a police report, the "male approached two of the girls in the group and told them that they needed to find somewhere else to play because his two unleashed dogs were there first."

The woman, obviously unhappy with the man's tone and bullying, then pulled out her phone to record him as he walked away. 

As you can see in the video, man did not walk away, and is now wanted for questioning by the police.

Investigators are asking for assistance in identifying the male seen in the video.

Police say that the man is known to frequent both the Old Fourth Ward Skate Park area and the Piedmont Park dog park.  "He has a tattoo on his left hand on the fleshy part between thumb and second finger and two pit bulls with choke collars," informs the APD YouTube channel.

The claim by the suspect that he and his dogs were there first and were allowed to roam leash free, is false. City codes requires that dogs be kept on-leash in any park unless there's a specific area cordoned off for dogs.

Anyone with information on this male is asked to contact Zone 6 investigators at 404-373-5331 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477.

FamilyOfFour February 22, 2013 at 01:16 PM
How scary for that lady! I am glad that she had the guts to make him mad. :) Unleashed dogs are a huge problem at the O4W Skate park field. There needs to be a dedicated fenced area. Are there any "dog owner groups" that could get together and build/coordinate something? We too always encounter dogs running all over chasing kids and their balls/frisbees, etc. Dogs need to be able to run so they keep in shape and have less tendency to suffer from anxiety when at home. Also we can not get poop bag stations set up fast enough. There is sooo much dog poo everywhere already.
InTown Chicklet February 22, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I think he should be publicly shamed and held accountable for his poor and threatening behavior. I hope that you publish his name in a follow up story. He made the park an unsafe environment and clearly presented himself in a threatening manner. Horray for the Mom who took the video and how brave of her. Unfortunately, it calls attention to the dog owners who are not responsible... and to those who who think the rules don't apply to them/ their dog. Well, this man is about to learn a lesson that the rules DO apply and actions have consequences. Someone knows him. I hope he is caught and punished.
Space Ship February 22, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Can't watch vid on an iPhone - ******groan******
Ormewood Park Mom February 22, 2013 at 02:59 PM
His mommy didn't give him enough hugs.
Péralte Paul (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 03:32 PM
You should be able to, Space Ship, it's an embedded link to APD's YouTube page, which works on the iPhone.
Amy Meacham February 22, 2013 at 04:22 PM
He's been identified and apparently has made many enemies.
Chris H February 22, 2013 at 04:37 PM
According to our Old Fourth Ward Patrol, the man has been identified. On the youtube comments someone also named him and said he works at Dark Horse Tavern. But that has not been confirmed. Does anyone know what he could be charged with and what kind of fine/punishment he might face?
Tomathy February 22, 2013 at 04:43 PM
He has nasty stuff on his facebook page. A sick and sad individual.
Deanna H February 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM
I had a run-in with this jackass over at the Small Dog Park in Piedmont Park last fall. He and his 2 dogs (who are clearly not *small* dogs) were in the fenced area by themselves. As I started to enter the gate, he yelled at me and said he didn't think it was a good idea that I enter the gate because his dogs were anti-social. When I countered back that he was in the wrong area (his dogs were over the maximum weight limit for the Small Dog Area) his reply was that he gets to the park early enough so there won't be anyone there & that people like me with small dogs will just have to wait until his dogs have finished running around. I was there at 9:30am - not particularly early in my opinion, and there were other small dog owners who were attempting to use the park too. He intimidated all of us and I commend the woman at O4W skate park to stand up to him. He's a scary dude! I feel sorry for his dogs.
Andy Jessup February 22, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Wait a minute — if the pit bulls had attacked this woman, they'd be put down, and there would be an outcry in the media. This guy's dogs were better behaved than he was.
Nick February 22, 2013 at 05:50 PM
There is a group working to build a fenced dog park in nearby (and connect to the beltline) Freedom Park. There's more information, including an online petition here: http://www.o4wbark.com/
mike g February 22, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Sounds like she got what she deserved If the dogs werent hurting anyone. I would slap the camera out of her hand if she tried to film me withiut me sighning a release form or paying me money.. That is one side of the story Im sure
Amy Meacham February 22, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Channel 2 noon news reported his name as Louis Rivera and that he has been arrested.
mike g February 22, 2013 at 07:03 PM
let me guess ur a cat person
mike g February 22, 2013 at 07:03 PM
got what she deserved mind your own frickin buisness
mike g February 22, 2013 at 07:04 PM
ive known him for 20 yrs and he is a great guy
mike g February 22, 2013 at 07:05 PM
simple battery and probably dismissed
mike g February 22, 2013 at 07:06 PM
wtf he has dogs and girlz get a life
FamilyOfFour February 22, 2013 at 07:07 PM
I have noticed that there is a large population of dog owners that are extremely responsible and have taken lots of time to socially train their dogs. There is always that ONE owner that ruins it for all the great dog owners. I am glad this psycho has been called out. Such abrasive behavior is just un called for. :( I am glad that there is a group wanting a dog fenced area. It is a win win. :) http://www.o4wbark.com/
mike g February 22, 2013 at 07:09 PM
you people need to get a life. His pups would NEVER hurt anyone or any dog. You people put a stigma on the breed, Its the owners that mistreat and train their dogs to be aggressive. His dogs are sweethearts.. If you tried to film me I wouldnt slap the phone but I would make you erase it or pay me for my image. U have NO right to film anyone no matter what they are doing.. GET A LIFE
mike g February 22, 2013 at 07:14 PM
whats not on film is probably how this "woman" harrassed him leading up to this event.. He would have just walked away... I know this
Chris February 22, 2013 at 08:00 PM
Um, you might want to learn the law. In a public place you have no expectation of privacy and you can be filmed or photographed whether you like it not. Sorry to crush your idea of the law. And sure go ahead and try to force yourself on someone just like the nut in the video and you'll find yourself arrested like him.
bryan February 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
what also is not on this file is the children’s play ground about 10 feet to the right. I don’t care if you have a 5 lb lap dog, they should be leashed around children. its common sense. Pits are great dogs. But its never a great idea to have free roaming dogs around children. And to have the entitlement to say "i was here first" in a public park is weak.
bryan February 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
*film
Chris H February 22, 2013 at 09:01 PM
It's a nice attempt to defend pit bulls here. But everything you say goes out the window when you make comments above like "she got what she deserved". So you justify assaulting women? You just as big a d-bag as this guy.
Chris H February 22, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Yeah Mike G, he is a real nice guy. His recent arrest record. Officers knew him from prior run-ins with the law: Rivera was arrested on Feb. 7, 2013 for allegedly shoplifting from the Publix at 1001 Ponce de Leon Ave. Rivera was arrested on Sept. 10, 2012 on a warrant for simple assault for an assault that occurred on Aug. 7, 2012. This was an incident where the victim attempted to pet Rivera's dogs that were tied up outside a business. Rivera allegedly came out yelling and punched the victim in his face. Rivera was arrested on Aug. 25, 2011 for false info to police and violation of the leash law (both city ordinance charges). This was an incident involving one of his dogs reportedly being involved in a physical altercation with another leashed dog.
Todd Ward February 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Mike g, is your middle name really Louis Rivera? On a related topic, this guy has been arrested multiple times I'm the past year and it took the news and social media campaign to identify him?? Yikes.
Todd Ward February 22, 2013 at 11:26 PM
*in
Brian Gross February 24, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Okay here is the video link in case you are on a phone like so many of us today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HvYSPOZ1B94
Space Ship May 08, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Glad they arrested the d-bag. Yes Mike G - d-bag. Get some better friends.

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