Man charged with killing dog released

July 06, 2011|By DON AINES |
  • Tammam Mocram Al-Barazi
Tammam Mocram Al-Barazi

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man charged with throwing his stepdaughter’s dog in front of a car and threatening to harm her was released Sunday from the Washington County Detention Center after posting a $75,000 bond, according to Washington County District Court records.

Tammam Mocram Al-Barazi, 59, of 15 E. Lee St., was charged by Hagerstown police with second-degree assault, two counts of animal cruelty, mutilating an animal and malicious destruction of property after the dog was killed June 30, court records show.

Al-Barazi had a bond review hearing Friday during which District Judge Ralph H. France II declined to reduce the original bond. Al-Barazi is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the charges Sept. 29, court records show.

At 10:45 p.m. on June 30, several people who were standing around a dead dog on the side of the road flagged down a city police officer on West Lee Street, the statement of probable cause said.

A female came up to the officer and said her stepfather, Al-Barazi, was responsible for the animal’s death, the statement said.

The stepdaughter said the family had lived on East Lee Street for about a year and Al-Barazi had returned from working in Egypt a month earlier, the statement said. She told police she acquired the black poodle-mix while Al-Barazi was out of the country, court records show.

The stepdaughter told the officer that Al-Barazi “does not approve of her owning a dog due to their religious beliefs” and had threatened on several occasions to kill the animal, the statement said. The document did not state the religion of Al-Barazi or his family.

That night, Al-Barazi grabbed the dog and began choking it, the statement said. The stepdaughter and Al-Barazi got into a struggle over the animal and he pushed her to the floor, took the dog and threw it outside, court records show.

The stepdaughter, her two brothers and her mother chased the dog down the street and caught him in the first block of West Lee Street, the statement said. While the stepdaughter held the dog, Al-Barazi came up behind her, took the animal and threw it in front of a car, court records show.

The officer spoke with one of the stepdaughter’s brothers, who corroborated her account and stated that Al-Barazi told her “she would be next,” the statement said.

While questioning Al-Barazi, the officer saw two suitcases by the door and Al-Barazi told him he was leaving for Egypt, where he works as a reporter for a magazine, court records show.

As a condition of Al-Barazi’s bond, France ordered that he not have contact with his stepdaughter or leave the state of Maryland while the case is pending.

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