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Man threatened party guest with gun, after having pit bull bite him twice, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Nov 18 2013 07:19:15 PM CST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man threatened a party guest in his building with a handgun after twice having his pit bull bite him, officials said.

Musa Freeman pulled a black pistol on Rohaldo Velazquez-Rodriguez outside an apartment building at 731 East 4th St., Bethlehem, at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, officials said.

Freeman threatened to shoot off Velazquez-Rodriguez's face while holding the gun to Velazquez-Rodriguez's chest, officials said.

Freeman pulled the gun after his 16-month-old white female pit bull Sexy bit Velazquez-Rodriguez on the leg on two different occasions earlier in the evening in a second-floor apartment, where Velazquez-Rodriguez was celebrating with friends, officials said.

The first time Freeman came down from his third-floor apartment to confront Velazquez-Rodriguez, he accused Velazquez-Rodriguez of disrespecting him and then ordered Sexy to attack, officials said.

Freeman went back to his apartment, but returned a short time later and again ordered Sexy to attack Velazquez-Rodriguez, before pushing Velazquez-Rodriguez and punching him in the face, officials said.

Freeman went back upstairs a third time after a maintenance worker living on the first-floor broke up the confrontation, but Freeman came back with a gun and made a threat against Velazquez-Rodriguez while Velazquez-Rodriguez was outside with the maintenance man, officials said.

Velazquez-Rodriguez eventually flagged down police and reported the incident, officials said.

Freeman, 34, was arraigned on nine charges, including aggravated and simple assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, having an unlicensed dog and having a dog not vaccinated against rabies, and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $50,000, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 3.