Man Attacked at Sebastian Bark Park for Giving Water to Dogs

A man arrested at the Sebastian Bark Park.
A man arrested at the Sebastian Bark Park.

SEBASTIAN – A 64-year-old man was arrested Sunday after pushing another dog owner, then using a “stick” to hit his hand when he tried to call 911, according to the Sebastian Police Department.

Mark Edward Suplizio, of Sebastian, was charged with Felony Aggravated Battery, and Hindering Communications to 911.

The victim told police that while at the Sebastian Bark Park/Dog Park, located at 245 Keen Terrace, Suplizio hit him with a stick after serving his dog water. The victim said he was giving water to his dog when Suplizio’s dog walked over and started drinking out of the same bowl. Suplizio became upset and began to yell at the victim.

“[The victim] told me [Suplizio] got face to face with him and continued to argue. [The victim] told me, [Suplizio] pushed him in both shoulders against the white PVC fence,” the officer said.

As the victim pulled his cell phone out to call 911, Suplizio then “pulled out an expandable baton” from his pocket and knocked the phone to the ground by striking the victim’s right hand, according to the affidavit.

Suplizio then picked up his dog and left. Witnesses wrote down the tag number to Suplizio’s vehicle.

Witnesses also recorded the incident using their cell phones. Police observed Suplizio on the video striking the victim.

Suplizio told police he was at the park and a man sprayed his dog with water. The two men exchanged words, and Suplizio said he struck the victim with a metal baton because the victim hit him with a hose.

When officers showed Suplizio the video recorded by onlookers, he said he was upset and admitted to pushing the victim against the fence. The video never showed the victim with a hose.

Suplizio was transported to the Indian River County Jail.

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About Jennifer Balakrishnan
Jennifer Balakrishnan lives in Vero Beach, Florida. She moved to Indian River County when she was 6-years-old. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree at Florida State University. She writes our crime stories and is one of our food/restaurant critics.