Prosecutors: Man punched Chihuahua in the face during domestic incident on North Side

Joseph Neudenbach (inset) | CPD;

An Ohio man is accused of nearly killing his girlfriend’s Chihuahua by punching it in the face during a domestic battery incident on the North Side.

Prosecutors said 34-year-old Joseph Neudenbach of suburban Cleveland got into a verbal altercation with his 35-year-old girlfriend on April 6th. The woman told police that Neudenbach then pinned her to the bed while punching her in the head and stomach, causing a head injury for which she was treated and released the next day, according to a CPD report.

During the altercation, Neudenbach punched the woman’s Chihuahua in the face causing severe head trauma that may be fatal, according to a veterinary report cited in court documents. The woman told police that the dog, named Holly, bled from the mouth and ears after the incident.

The Chihuahua is the woman’s companion animal and registered service animal, police said.

Neudenbach was arrested last Wednesday in Bucktown. Prosecutors charged him with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor domestic battery. Judge Sophia Atcherson set bail at $5,000. Neudenback went free to await trial by posting a $500 deposit bond.

Noel Chavez (inset) is accused of attacking a senior citizen near the Wilson Skate Park. | CPD; Google

Felony charges have been filed against a man who allegedly body-slammed a senior citizen in a Montrose Beach parking lot this winter.

Prosecutors said 34-year-old Noel Chavez picked up a 64-year-old man and slam him onto the ground during an altercation near the local skate park around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27th. The offender was gone when police arrived, but witnesses gave officers a description of the alleged attacker along with his vehicle’s make, model, and license plate number.

The victim suffered a thoracic spine fracture and broken ribs, according to court records.

After a police investigation, Chavez turned himself in at Area North Police Headquarters with the assistance of an attorney on March 27th.

Prosecutors charged Chavez with felony aggravated battery of a victim over the age of 60 and felony aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Judge Sophia Atcherson set bail at $40,000. Chavez went free to await trial by posting a $4,000 deposit bond.

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