August 28, 2008
Scott Lee Murphy - Arrested On Accusations That He Held Girlfriend Down And Then Ordered His Pit Pull To Attack Her
Clarksville, Tennessee (The Weekly Vice) -- Scott Lee Murphy, a 24 year old Clarksville, Tennessee man has been arrested on accusations that he held his live-in girlfriend down and then ordered his pit bull to attack her.
According to Clarksville police, Murphy allegedly pushed his girlfriend down Tuesday Night during an argument and then ordered his pit bull to attack her as he held her down.
The dog managed to bite the woman multiple times on the arm and leg before the woman was able to get free. Neighbors also reported hearing screaming from the home around the reported time of the attack.
"The information that we have from the witness accounts and the complainant is yes, she was held down and the dog was actually sicced on her," said Clarksville officer, Jim Knoll.
When police originally proceeded to question Murphy about the incident, he had already fled the scene. In fact, he fled the entire state. Police caught up to Murphy and arrested him in Oak Grove, Kentucky where he now awaits extradition back to Tennessee.
Authorities have captured the dog involved in the attack, which will now be quarantined for 10 days while officials try to determine if the animal has been involved in any similar attacks in the past. Authorities are looking into a similar bite incidence that occurred in the area about 30 days earlier. If a history of attacks are established, the dog could be euthanized.
"We're still researching if this one was was the bite dog previously from a few months back," said David Selby of the Montgomery County Animal Control organization.
According to Clarksville police, Murphy has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault while he awaits extradition. The case is still considered ongoing.
Regardless of the outcome of that investigation, Murphy's neighbors are worried that the animal will attack others, if Murphy orders it to do so. They also say that animal control has been called out to Murphy's home previously on complaints that his dogs were running loose.
"He'll probably get mad with somebody in the neighborhood and tell the dog to get you," commented a neighbor.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
We've heard that the woman in the case was treated for non life-threatening injuries, however if family or friends cross our site, please let us know how the woman is doing. We also want to commend the Clarksville police who were able to track Murphy down in a matter of days, even though he had fled the state. Great work.
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