Last Friday ended on a terrifying note for a 28-year-old Time Warner cable technician whose job it was to pull the plug on an East Hollywood customer named Jesus Velasco. After confronting the technician, the angry cable customer fetched his pit bull and sent the dog charging at the cable installer, who fled to the roof of his van parked in the 500 block of North Heliotrope Avenue, reports Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. Velasco then put the dog on the van’s roof, but the animal fell off. After climbing down off the van, the Time Warner worker was once again confronted by Velasco, who this time was carrying a fire extinguisher. Velasco sprayed the cable man and then hit the victim in the face with the edge of the extinguisher. Police arrived on the scene shortly after the assault, arresting Velasco. The cable installer suffered a large cut under his left eye. Velasco, who kicked out one of the police car’s window after being detained, was booked on assault with a deadly weapon (the dog and the fire extinguisher) and bail was set at $30,000. Click on the link below for Buhrmester’s full version of the incident.
A 28-year-old cable technician for Time Warner was disconnecting a cable from a residential user for payment issues, when he was confronted by Jesus Velasco, 28, who lived at that residence. While the cable technician (eventual victim) was away from his locked van, Velasco went to the vehicle and attempted to get in. The victim told Velasco to get away from his van, at which time Velasco charged him with fists clenched. The victim, who carries pepper spray to protect himself from dogs, displayed the canister and threatened to spray Velasco if he came closer.
Velasco went to his yard, got his pit bull dog and ordered the dog to attack the victim, who by now was near his van. The victim climbed onto the roof of his van as the dog charged him, at which time Velasco picked up the dog and attempted to put the dog on the roof also. The dog was not able to keep its footing and fell, uninjured. Velasco then returned the dog to the fenced yard.
Thinking it was safe, the victim got down off the roof of his van. Velasco reappeared, now carrying a dry chemical fire extinguisher. Before the victim could react, Velasco sprayed him in the face with the extinguisher, then hit him with the bottom edge, inflicting a large laceration of his left eye.
Fortunately for the victim, a parking enforcement officer had seen the pit bull attack and the victim climbing atop his van, and she had called the police. Also, after he had climbed onto the roof, the victim phoned his office at work, and they also called the police. Officers arrived just after Velasco hit him with the extinguisher, and detained him for investigation of assault. While Velasco was seated in a police car, he kicked out one of the windows. Velasco was booked at Metropolitan Jail Section for assault with a deadly weapon (the fire extinguisher and the dog), with bail set at $30,000.00.
The victim advised he would seek his own aid regarding his injury, which was not life-threatening.