Man allegedly beats mom, throws dog out window

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Photos: Dog thrown to death For the past week, Alan Decosta had been vowing to kill the family dog, claiming his mother cared more for Gemini than for him.
Man allegedly beats mom, throws dog out window



 

 

 
 
 
 
 

BY ROCCO PARASCANDOLA and LUIS PEREZ
STAFF WRITERS

November 10, 2005

For the past week, Alan Decosta had been vowing to kill the family dog, claiming his mother cared more for Gemini than for him.

Wednesday morning, convinced his mother wanted to give his cereal bowl to Gemini, Decosta, 35, snapped, police said, beating his mother, then flinging the friendly pit bull mix to her death out the fifth-floor window of their Crown Heights apartment.

Frantic, his mother, Sonia Reyes, 52, ran down to the street and cradled the dying dog in her arms.

"She was trying to get up and she couldn't get up," Reyes said. "She just started spitting a lot of water and she died right there."

Decosta, who never left the apartment, was arrested by police and charged with assaulting his mother. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will conduct an autopsy, with Decosta expected to be charged with animal cruelty.

"He's not going to come back here," she said of her older son. "I don't care what he says. I wish they lock him up and throw away the key. This comes from my heart now."

Decosta, she said, lived with his wife until she threw him out more than three years ago. He moved back in with his mother and was known to lounge around, smoking marijuana, the mother said.

"My mom took him in because he had nowhere to go," said Sean Reyes, 29, Decosta's brother.

About four months ago, the mother had Gemini, 10, treated for a tumor. She still owes $366 on the $1,366 bill, but wouldn't consider euthanizing the dog.

"We could have put the dog to sleep then, but you know, I have human feelings," said the mother, a home care attendant. "I said no."

Wednesday morning, she and Decosta started arguing, with the suspect at one point convinced she wanted to give his cereal bowl to Gemini, even though the dog was sleeping.

The tensions were nothing new, the mother said. He has hit her in the past and she has responded by throwing him out of the apartment. She said the suspect often complained her love for Gemini, who was brown with white patches and weighed 40 pounds, was greater than her love for him.

As the tensions increased Wednesday Decosta slugged his mother with a vacuum cleaner, bruising her back and head.

Then, he set his sights on the sleeping dog, grabbing her, running to the living room window and tossing her to her death.

The mother said she wasn't surprised, noting his anger toward Gemini increased dramatically about a week ago.

"Since last Monday he told me he was going to decapitate the dog's head," she said. "This is something he was planning."

Sean Reyes rushed home from work when he heard the news and saw police leading his brother away in handcuffs.

"'The -- -- dog is dead now,"' Sean remembers his brother saying. "'What are you going to do now?'"
 
This is an undated photo of Gemini, a 10 year old pitbull mix that was thrown out a window in Brooklyn.
(Newsday Photo/ Robert Mecea)

November 9, 2005
Dog thrown to death
The 5th floor window of a building at 805 St. Marks Avenue in Brooklyn from where a 10 year old pitbull mix was thrown out.
(Newsday Photo/ Robert Mecea)

November 9, 2005
Dog thrown to death
The 5th floor window (open window with yellow curtain) of a building at 805 St. Marks Avenue in Brooklyn from where a 10 year old pitbull mix was thrown out.
(Newsday Photo/ Robert Mecea)

November 9, 2005
Dog thrown to death
This is a photo of Alan Decosta who allegedly threw Gemini, a 10 year old pitbull mix out of a window in an apartment in Brooklyn.
(Newsday Photo/ Robert Mecea from Handout)

November 9, 2005
Dog thrown to death