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Charges Brought Against Father and Son Duo Accused of Releasing Pit Bull on Robbery Victim

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A father and son who allegedly loosed an attack dog on a robbery victim are now facing charges, reports KCBS. Richard Aragon, 51, plead not guilty to one count of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and assault by means likely to produce great bodily harm. His son, who is 17 and whose name isn't being released, is expected to be charged with attempted robbery, witness intimidation and assault with a deadly weapon.

According to KABC, the attack occurred in Whittier on Saturday when the teenage boy approached a 43-year-old man and demanded his wallet. When he refused, a fight broke out.

Police say that at that moment, the elder Aragon was walking his dog, Rocky. When he saw his son in a fight, he allegedly unleashed the pit bull, who reportedly bit off the tips of the victim's ears.

The victim is now in stable condition.