SAN ANTONIO – A video on social media alleging a San Antonio man attacked a woman after she complained about him abusing the dog, has been watched by thousands across the country.
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The woman who took the video claims a man was abusing his dog at a San Antonio walking trail when she confronted him, then the suspect allegedly hit the woman too.
“One of the benefits of social media is it can become a very powerful tool as this case,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.
A San Antonio Police Report said the attack happened in May after a woman confronted a man for hitting his dog. The suspect allegedly started hitting the woman also, until witnesses intervened.
The suspect was not arrested during the incident, but prosecutors said people on social media helped identify him.
“If you can get any kind of identifiers if you can take a photograph of an assailant,” said District Attorney Gonzales.
The San Antonio Police Department turned over the case to the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office in December. S.A.P.D. said in part: “Crimes take time to investigate. When the detective completed his investigation, he forwarded it to the DA.”
The case is being reviewed for possible charges against the suspect. District Attorney Joe Gonzales said he can’t share details about the ongoing case but suggested the video going viral could help prosecutors.
“In the case where they happen to have their cell phone with them, I would encourage them to record the incident because they can then be evidence that we might be able to use in a future prosecution,” said District Attorney Gonzales.
District Attorney Gonzales wanted to remind people if they see someone committing a crime, they need to call the police and let officers take over. He said if it’s safe, and only if it’s safe, any pictures or videos taken could be used by police and prosecutors.