After a pack of pit bulls allegedly charged at a Sully Station woman and her son last week, Fairfax County police charged three Centreville residents with allowing a dog to run unrestricted and possessing a dangerous dog.
THE INCIDENT occurred last Tuesday, Sept. 19, around 8:30 a.m., in the 14400 block of North Slope Street. Police say a 43-year-old woman was just coming out of her home with her 11-year-old son when she saw four dogs, later identified as pit bulls, running toward her.
She quickly pushed her son back inside and then ran around the back of the house to avoid getting attacked. Then a short time later, a 42-year-old Centreville woman was jogging nearby when two of the dogs reportedly ran after her. Luckily, though, she was able to take refuge at a neighbor’s home and was also uninjured.
Children were also kept inside at Cub Run Elementary for awhile, because of the dogs. After police were contacted about the above two incidents, Animal Control alerted the school that pit bulls were on the loose in the area. As a result, children who were outside on the playground were brought inside until the school was notified that everything was safe.
Meanwhile, patrol officers plus an Animal Control officer came and rounded up the dogs in a safe manner. Investigation led to the identification of the dogs’ owners.
They all live at 5421 Braddock Ridge Drive in Centreville's Sully Station community. Police charged Jason Douglas Tom, 27, and Phillip Christopher Lopez, 26, each with allowing a dog to run unrestricted. They were also served with summonses for possession of a dangerous dog.
Tara Lynn Lopez, 22, was charged with two counts of allowing a dog to run unrestricted and served with two summonses for possession of a dangerous dog. The unrestricted-dog charges are misdemeanors, and the summonses are civil petitions.