Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Two Men Charged for Two Separate Dog Attacks
|Dustin Turner||Cecil Capps, Jr.|
Two Knoxville men have been charged after their dogs attacked two people in unrelated incidents.
The first incident occurred on January 6th. A 48-year-old woman was jogging on Hoss Road when a Shepherd mix approached her and began attacking and biting her. A man inside his home heard the woman and came outside. He beat the dog with a baseball bat until the dog released the woman and fled.
The woman was taken to Parkwest Hospital and treated for extensive injuries incurred during the attack, including multiple bite wounds to her face, arms, and legs.
The owner of the Shepherd mix, 32-year-old Dustin Bradley Turner of Powell was charged with dog at large (serious bodily injury) on Thursday, April 18th. Turner was already being held in the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility (for paying a previous bond for a prior aggravated burglary charge with a stolen credit card) at the time he incurred the new charge. The bond for the dog at large charge is set at $7,500.
The second incident occurred on March 9th. Around 1:30 p.m., a juvenile was playing outside her grandmother’s home on Texas Valley Road in the driveway when a Lab/Pit Bull mix came from around the house and attacked her.
The girl was taken to Tennova North Medical Center, East Tennessee Children's Hospital, and then UT Medical Center, where she was treated for multiple facial lacerations incurred during the attack.
The owner of the dog, 44-year-old Cecil Edwin Capps, Jr., is charged with dog at large (serious bodily injury). Capps, Jr. was taken into custody without incident by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Family Crisis Unit and Criminal Warrants Unit on Friday, April 19th just before noon. He is being held in the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Detention Facility on a $7,500 bond.
Capps, Jr. has a criminal history in Knox County that includes assault, prohibited weapons, unlawful possession/carrying of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct.