Suicide Taunt Sparks Dog Park Fight, Police Say

Argument on over dogs leads to battery and criminal damages charges against man accused to grabbing woman's sunglasses after she taunted him about his wife's suicide, police say.


A verbal argument between dog owners led to battery and criminal damages charges against a 42-year-old man who police said grabbed a woman’s sunglasses off her head and threw them.

were called to around 8:45 a.m. July 27. According to the report, the woman pushed her dog away from playing with another patron’s dog.

The woman and patron were both yelling at each other, when a man identified as Brian T. Cottrell, of Richmond, TX, reportedly stood up and yelled at the woman to control her dog.

Police said the woman yelled back and that Cottrell got into the woman’s face. Both were yelling profanities at each other when Cottrell insulted the woman’s family, reports said.

After Cottrell started insulting the woman’s family, police said she commented on Cottrell’s wife’s suicide. Cottrell allegedly placed his face several inches from her nose and said, “I’m going to rip your head off.”

Police said Cottrell then grabbed the woman’s sunglasses off her head and threw them, causing them to break. The woman called 911.

According to the report, Cottrell told police he came to the patron’s aid because the woman was yelling and being aggressive. He got in between them in an attempt to defuse the situation.

Cottrell allegedly admitted to police that both he and the woman were yelling and swearing at other. He walked away but when the woman made a second insult about his wife, he lost his temper and grabbed her sunglasses, police said.

Police said that Cottrell insisted he never touched the woman’s head, only her sunglasses.

The woman told police that she knows Cottrell and the patrons from prior incidents at the dog park, and believed they would lie to police to support Cottrell. The woman’s son also corroborated his mother's story, reports said.

Both patrons gave a similar statement to police, saying the woman was the original aggressor, but that Cottrell did grab her sunglasses. The patrons told police that the is aware of the woman because there have been complaints about her and her aggressive dog, police said.

After interviewing all of the parties involved, police said the woman was adamant about signing complaints for battery and criminal damages against Cottrell. Police said the woman could tell them how much her sunglasses cost.

Cottrell has a court appearance on Sept. 7.

anonymous August 07, 2012 at 11:56 AM
First off, this is the park's responsibility to make sure that woman is not allowed on the park anymore, if she get's all these complaints then they should ban her. Second verbal abuse is a crime, this woman should have went to jail not just the guy. I know this woman and I know exactly how she and her dog is, she taunts her own dog to go after other pets in the park. I stop bringing my pet their because of her. Not that I would be afraid to go jail for knocking her on her prissy deary air. But just for the fact she is not worth it. I feel bad for the man, yes he should not have touched the bitch, but I would react the same way. People are so ignorant these day's.
witch with a B August 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Why isn't the woman's name stated in the report? How about her son's? I gotta get me some pit bulls and wander over to the park now.
tmarc75 August 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I was just talking to my wife about taking our great dane to the park as we have kinda forgotten about it since it opened. I can now cross that idea off my to-do list.
Jeremy D August 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Close the park. This is not fair to the dogs who have idiot owners. There is no such thing as a bad dog - just a bad "untrained" owner. These people are true examples of people who should not be allowed out in public. This park is simply a horrible disaster waiting to happen. There is no way I would bring a defenseless dog or child or adult human to this (or most) dog parks. Unbelievable that parks now need security guards. Just one more reason for Oak Lawn residents to question remaining in this community.
Pat F August 07, 2012 at 08:36 PM
When it comes to the possibility of personal injury at these dog parks, I do believe they should be Closed!! Let your dog run in your yard or just take it for a walk.. I sure hope there's no liability on the taxpayers if someone does get injured there! My taxes are already astronomical and with any more increases, the village will have another house foreclosed on with who knows what will move in to?!?!?
Harold Frestel August 07, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I've been going to the dog park since it opened, it's a great place for the dogs to socialize and a great place to meet nice people. Let's not let a couple of bad apples ruin it.
qazrewu2 August 09, 2012 at 06:03 AM
Well if you do know the woman and her dog then we both know you are lying. She does not bother anybody and has one of the nicest dogs that come to the park. How do you sleep at night, no conscience, no morals.
qazrewu2 August 09, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Let's start at the begining, the woman and her dog had been being bullied for weeks, by a group of patron's that call then selfs the Breakfast Group. One day they had blown an air horn in her dogs face for no reason, the woman told them not to ever do that again. Well the next day they brought a bunch of air horns and lined them up on the concrete seating area. Well as time went on only one person in the group would not stop taunting the woman and her dog. The morning of July 27th the patron grabbed the woman's dog three times by the face, because she didn't want her dog playing w/ the woman's dog anymore, after the third time the woman got up and told the patron not to put her hands on her dog again. Then the patron started to yell rude things at the woman as the patron is forcing her dog to stay by her by holding his collar. The only thing the woman said to her is if you don't want your dog to play then leave, it's a dog park. Now mind you these dogs play together all of the time, the dogs like eachother and they play great together, but when the patron want's to bully the woman this is one of the things she does. Cottrell had no reason to get involved the woman never even went near the patron, he said to the woman it's time you leave let me get he gate for you, and the woman told him to sit down and shut up.
qazrewu2 August 09, 2012 at 06:12 AM
The woman is now sitting back down away from them as Cottrell is yelling at the woman you stupid fat ass two ton toad, really how old is he, her whole family is going to die, along w/ the patron yelling nobody likes you or your dog, and the only thing the woman said is and your wife jumped in front of a train which he told anybody he spoke to with in five minutes of meeting him for the first time. then he was not even an inch away from the woman's face yelling he was going to rip her head off. Then turned to walk away and still saying nasty things about her family and her, and she said it again, then he ran back to the woman and ripped her glass off her head. Cottrell was in a rage from the moment he opened his mouth. So how did they know about the complaints, because the Breakfast Group made them. I know the woman and her dog and her dog does not have an aggressive bone in her body, all she wants to do is run and play. Has never bit or even tried to bite another dog or person.
Red August 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Editor, please check facts before writing a story, the woman and her dog were the ones being taunted by Cottrell and patron for weeks. Cottrell got just what he deserved, the only problem is the patron should have been arrested with him. These people are evil, Cottrell's dog has attacted several other dogs at the park. He doesn't like the woman, because he was using the park for months without paying and she called him on it.
tmarc75 August 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Haha I defeinitely ain't going to this dog park now.
Lilly August 11, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Thank God these people decided to get pets and not have children.
KittyKat August 13, 2012 at 05:24 PM
It's kind of sad when it's the dogs that have bad owners. Whatever the story happens to be, all the humans misbehaved.
scouter August 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
A friend of mine went to the dog park last week and her dog got bitten pretty badly - enough to shake her up... Don't know what the Vet bill will be, but I bet no one bothered to follow up on this one either...
Julie Roberts August 22, 2012 at 03:40 PM
The Oak Lawn Dog Park is a good idea for responsible pet owners. My 8 month old Golden puppy and I have been there the last two nights after work and it's been a happy crowd with quite well-behaved dogs and owners. We've had 12-15 dogs running around and having a ball for an hour or so. I do know this woman's dog and she's very well behaved - we've never had a problem with the dog. I've never seen this so-called "Breakfast Club" but most park districts do patrol and survey the areas often to make sure all goes well. Anyone who uses an air-horn on a dog's sensitive hearing needs a lesson in dog park etiquette and should be prepared for a bite from a scared dog. There should be a community effort but no self-policing by a few cronies. What a shame - this is for the dogs, not the people. Finally something for those without children and it's self-imploding? Shame, shame, shame.
Julie Roberts August 22, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Lilly - most dog owners DO have children.
anthony August 22, 2012 at 05:23 PM
wait is the guy from texas a member ? 250 fine if not... If he is a member does his dog have all the proper documentation ?? like 4 pages worth


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