DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Des Moines man is charged with a hate crime after police say he commanded his pitbull to bite another man.
Police were called to the 2200 block of East 41st on a fight Sunday shortly after 5:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found 24-year-old Kanin Pierce with multiple bite wounds.
Pierce told police that his brother was walking to his car, parked in the street, when another vehicle came speeding past him, slammed on the brakes and came back in reverse.
Witnesses said two white men got out yelling profanities and racial slurs. Police say the driver, Joshua Stoll, 21, opened his door, brought out a pit bull and said "sick em Rider".
After Stoll gave the dog the command, the dog ran toward Pierce and began biting him. He has at least ten bite wounds on his arms and hands.
"He jumps up on my arm and from there on, adrenaline hit me and it was just a big fight. I grabbed the dog trying to get the dog off my arm," said Pierce.
While this was going on, the two brothers say Stoll continued shouting racial slurs. That's when about five men came out of the house and were eventually able to free Pierce.
"The fact that he's outside the car yelling these racial slurs to him, then siccing his dog on him, that's what makes it a hate crime," explained Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax.
Stoll claims one of the brothers threw something at his car. When he got out of his vehicle and asked the man what he threw, he said the man then called for his friends and started to fight him. That's when his dog got out and started biting one of the men.
"All the witnesses are confirming the story the victims are telling us, with the racial epithets and the dog being used in this manner," said Halifax.
Stoll was in the car with two friends. The male passenger ran off, but Valerie Lorimor stayed. Lorimor says Stoll isn't completely innocent, but that he isn't racist.
"A dog is going to stick up for its owner so he gets out and protects him and bites one guy and now all of a sudden the dog is a bad guy," she said, "They was beating him up and trying to kill the dog at the same time."
Police called for animal rescue and the pit bull has been quarantined. Animal Control officers say the dog doesn't have the required license and insurance and is not up to date on his rabies vaccination.
Stoll was taken to hospital and treated for a broken rib before being booked in the Polk County Jail. He has been charged with assault in violation of individual rights causing injury and probation violation. He's being held on a $6,000 bond.
A breath test showed he was under the influence of alcohol and above the legal limit at .128.