SFPD's crowdsourcing unit is asking for the public's help in tracking down three suspects caught on video encouraging a dog fight in Hunters Point. In the video, the suspects can be seen slapping and encouraging aggressive behavior out of a pair of pit bulls. At least one suspect in the dogfighting ring has been taken into custody.
23-year-old Ed Perkins was already under arrest in connection with another case when SFPD investigators found identified him in the dogfighting footage last month. The video found its way into the hands of San Francisco's finest while police were working on a separate investigation and Perkins was booked for owning or training a dog for fighting, causing a dog to fight for amusement or gain, animal cruelty, participation in a criminal street gang and conspiracy. Investigators believe the fight itself actually occurred back in March of this year at the Hunters View housing complex.
24-year-old Jermaine Jackson was also handed a citation for being present at the fight, but
police have not been able to identify three other men and one woman spotted in the video. Cops are also looking for the two pit bulls involved, although they are not sure how badly they may have been injured in the recorded fight.
Anyone with any information in the dogfighting case should call SFPD's tip line at (415) 575-4444.
The neighborhood around Hunters View has been in the news for violent crime recently: In June, a 19-year-old man and his 17-year-old girlfriend were shot while sitting in a Muni shelter outside the housing complex at West Point and Middle Point Roads. The man later died from his injuries and one of the two suspects is a 14-year-old boy who is being tried as an adult.Police are also searching for the two dogs seen in the video. (Via: SFPD)