Updated 06/18/2012 11:56 PM
Two Men Charged In Connection With Harlem Pit Bull Attack
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Two men were charged Monday in connection with a pit bull attack in a Harlem public housing project that wounded a six-year-old girl.
A leashed pit bull who was with Gary Evans and Vincent Evans bit the six-year-old girl on the arm on the fourth-floor hallway of 2130 Madison Avenue near 135th Street, according to police.
Vincent Evans was charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and acting in a manner injurious to a child.
Gary Evans, the dog's owner, is charged with violation of a local law, as in 2009 the New York City Housing Authority banned pit bulls from being inside public housing.
One of the suspects
The suspects' two dogs were confiscated by authorities.
By Monday night, the victim was in stable condition in Harlem Hospital.
Neighbors in Abraham Lincoln Houses say the two men are brothers. Police say the men have no relation to the victim.
The biting dog was going for an icee in the girl's hand, according to neighbors.
Ryan Brown, a 21-year-old neighbor, rushed out of her apartment when she head the attack and saw the the dog's mouth was clamped around the child's arm, and the dog's owner was trying to help.
"As the guy was opening the mouth I was easily easing the girl's arm out of his mouth," said Brown. "The wound was really bad, she had blood leaking everywhere."
Brown said she brought the child into her apartment, called 911 and tried to treat the wound.
Currently, dogs kept as pets in city public housing must be under 25 pounds.