Forest Park man accused of threatening police with his pit bull

Forest Park man accused of threatening police with his pit bull

FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - A Forest Park man is accused of threatening a neighbor with a gun and threatening police with his pit bull, court records show.

Forest Park officers were called to a residence on Folkstone Drive Monday, according to police reports.

The neighbor told officers that Wade Hill Jr., 61, threatened to "get his gun and shoot" him and motioned like he was shooting at the neighbor, police wrote in an affidavit.

When officers arrived, they encountered one of  Hill Jr.'s two pit bulls in the street. The pit bull began barking and aggressively jumping at the driver side window of the patrol cruiser as Hill Jr. sat on his front porch.

Officers asked Hill Jr. repeatedly to take the two pit bulls into his residence, but he refused to comply with officers, according to a police statement.

After the dogs became "increasingly aggressive", an officer retrieved a shotgun from the police cruiser and then Hill Jr. finally secured his dogs taking them inside his home, according to a court document.

Officers then arrested Hill Jr., police said in a press release.

Hill Jr. has been charged with aggravated menacing and obstructing official business.

The City of Forest Park has a mandatory leash ordinance for dogs which has been in effect since 1961.

In 2013 the city and police began receiving complaints from neighbors and local businesses of Hill Jr. allowing his dogs to roam unrestrained, police said.

Police and code enforcement officers have responded to more than 59 reports of his dogs running loose and have cited Hill Jr. approximately 47 times for the offenses, according to a police press release.

In 2014, an 11-year-old boy received 29 stitches after he was bitten by one of Hill Jr.'s dogs while in Hill Jr.'s backyard.

A judge on Tuesday set Hill Jr.'s bond at $25,000 at a Hamilton County Municipal Court hearing.

Hill Jr. has had all of his cases transferred to Hamilton County Municipal Court where several of his convictions are under appeal.

The dogs have been impounded several times but are returned to the home as no court orders have been issued to bar their return.

The Forest Park Police Department and the City Law Director are working with the Hamilton County Municipal Court to obtain an order to remove the dogs from Hill Jr. permanently.

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