Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dog waste leads to fight, battery charge- Gilroy, CA

Morgan Hill
A Morgan Hill man was arrested for battery when he hit a man at the Edmundson Avenue dog park after an argument over picking up another dog's waste, police said.

About 1 p.m. Saturday, officers arrested Max Hamlin, 48, after he verbally fought with and punched another man, who happened to be an off-duty San Jose police officer, in the side of his head, according to Sgt. Jerry Neumayer.

When police arrived, the victim requested to press charges and filled out a citizen's arrest form, police said. When officers are not present to witness certain crimes, mostly misdemeanors, they cannot make arrests. However, a victim or witness may fill out a citizen's arrest form, and the suspect may be arrested, as Hamlin was.

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