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Police: Man Orders Pitbulls to Attack Utility Worker

Warrant issued for aggravated assault

A Toms River man with a stick and two pitbulls threatened a utility worker and remains a wanted man after an incident Tuesday afternoon.

Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy said police responded to Whittier and Gladney Avenues for a possible assault at 2 p.m. Tuesday, where a man was confronted by a resident as he was working on utilities there.

"Investigation found that a 28 year old man was making utility mark outs at 29 Gladney Avenue when he was confronted by a resident," Mastronardy said in an email. The man was threatened and told to leave the property by the resident, he said.

The resident then approached the utility worker with a stick in his hand and his two pitbulls, Mastronardy said. The man commanded the dogs to attack the worker.

"He ordered the utility worker off his property then returned shortly with a stick and two pitbulls that he ordered to sick him and kill him," he said.

The victim then ran back to his truck and was safe when he then called police, Mastronardy said.

Officers Nicholas Franco and Bob Burczyk responded. 

The man, believed to be Michael Crown, 32, of Gladney Avenue, was not able to be located by police, said Mastronardy. A warrant for his arrest was issued for charges of aggravated assault.

Anyone with information can call police headquarters at 732-349-0150.

Jo August 31, 2012 at 09:18 PM
The homeowner should be notified beforehand about what work is being done and WHAT CONTRACTOR ordered it. Otherwise, ANYONE can come on your property with a van and some flags and paint and check out your back door!
shoreff73 September 06, 2012 at 05:26 PM
just cause you have "verizon, or JCPL, Comcast, NJNG...ect" flags dosent mean they are doing work... those flags just help identify where that specific utility is located underground... any work that requires digging must be marked out by nj law. .....the town could of been replacing a sign post in your front yard and called for a markout. i dont understand why some people get upset that a markout was done on there lawn... why be nervous or angry about a utility worker, with an orange vest, equiptment in hand and truck(s) clearly labled (JCPL< COMCAST<VERIZON<NJNG...ect) parked infront of where they are working!??! do u have something to hide, are you on drugs, paranoid !? bottom line...they have a job to do, they are sent to a location to perform a job thats required by law, for not only the safety of the workers but also YOUR safety... STOP CRYING and B**ching about these men and women doing there jobs, and start paying attn to crazy people with bats and attack dogs!!!!!!!
Jo September 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
To shoreff73: I have since found out that, despite my canceling Verizon FIOS, they failed to notify all parties. I have Comcast and did not want Verizon interfering with the service I already have and decided to keep. Mission Accomplished through numerous phone calls to find out which contractor/utility was called by Verizon. As an aside: pls note that It's not paranoia to take an interest in your property and what's being done in your community. If you believe there are "crazy people with bats and attack dogs" out there, you are not only paranoid but you should agree that a knock on your door by a utility worker to advise you would take away that worry. You have a lot of anger in you.
Jon L November 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I agree 100%. The real animals are the owners of the dogs who train them to be weapons. They're the ones who give the breed a bad rap. If the dogs attacked someone, they'd most likely be put down while the owner gets a slap on the wrist. It's just unfair.
Bowie Thelonius November 26, 2012 at 09:27 PM
From the article: "He ordered the utility worker off his property then returned shortly with a stick and two pitbulls that he ordered to sick him and kill him," he said. Not to nitpick (okay, I'm nitpicking), but the word is "sic", meaning to order an attack, not "sick".

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