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Pit bull goes after deputy, shot dead

Dispute started over $6 cab fare

JOLIET TOWNSHIP – Police say a dispute over a $6 cab ride led to a deputy killing a pit bull last weekend.

At 3:30 a.m. Saturday, a taxi driver called Will County sheriff’s police to the 500 block of North Briggs Street to report a theft.

Spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said the cabbie told deputies he’d picked up Joyce C. Lewandowski, 49, and Charles R. Bregenzer, 35, at Washington and Anderson streets to bring them home.

The couple allegedly told the driver they would get money to pay the $6 fare from inside their house, but never came back.

Hoffmeyer said when deputies knocked on the door, Lewandowski told them to leave before she “would let her crazy dog out to tear them up and eat them alive.” Lewandowski instead came out and knocked a deputy backward with the storm door, Hoffmeyer said.

As officers restrained Lewandowski, Bregenzer told them to let her go and opened the door for an 80-pound pit bull to come out with him, Hoffmeyer said.

“The dog then charged at a deputy, biting his leg,” Hoffmeyer said. The deputy who was being bitten shot the dog twice, killing it.

“Both suspects appeared to be highly intoxicated,” Hoffmeyer noted.

The dog’s body was removed by Joliet Township Animal Control. It had already bitten someone on a prior occasion, according to reports.

Lewandowski and Bregenzer were arrested and booked into the Will County Jail on charges of theft and battery. Bregenzer also was charged with obstructing police and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court records show formal charges had not been filed in the case as of Thursday.

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