The Edmond Sun

November 14, 2012

Police: Edmond man orders pit bull to bite victim

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An Edmond man, 32, who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend also ordered his dog to attack her, causing her to suffer bite wounds, police said.

At about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Edmond Police Officer Jonathan Cramer was dispatched to the 3000 block of Baird Drive in reference to a domestic dispute, according to an incident report filed by Cramer.

En route, Cramer was told the victim was in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Tinker Credit Union at  Bryant Avenue and 33rd Street.

When the officer arrived, the victim was being treated by EMSA and was in the rear of the ambulance, police said. While she was being treated, the victim said she was beaten and strangled by her boyfriend who also commanded a dog to attack her, according to the police report.

An EMSA paramedic told Cramer the victim suffered multiple facial lacerations, had strangulation marks on her neck and bite wounds on her legs, police said.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the victim told officers her boyfriend punched her and tried to strangle her beginning on Saturday. She woke up Tuesday morning and he was standing over her and began to fight with her verbally and physically about their relationship, Monroe said.

“He got her on the ground and started to strangle her again and ordered the dog to attack her,” Monroe said. “The dog was biting her on the legs and thigh and then eventually started attacking (the suspect) as well.”

She was able to run out of the house at this point, but the boyfriend and the dog caught up with her, Monroe said.

“A citizen driving by saw the two and couldn’t tell exactly what was going on,” Monroe said. “They heard her yelling for help and our victim was able to get free and jump in the car.”

The boyfriend, Christopher Reid Birchmier, 32, of Edmond, sought medical help later in the day for his wounds from the dog, a pit bull named Butter, Monroe said. Edmond Police Detective Tommy Evans was able to interview him at the hospital and make an arrest once his medical needs were met, Monroe said.

Police said the suspect was arrested on a felony aggravated assault and battery complaint. Bond had not yet been set for Birchmier, who has been booked into the county jail, according to jail records. The dog is currently in custody of the Edmond Animal Welfare Department and remains in rabies quarantine. Monroe said the dog was uncooperative with officers. It is unclear at this time what actions will be taken in regard to the dog, she said.