08/09/2007 (KFSN) — The girlfriend of one of the men rounded up for dog fighting in southwest Fresno Wednesday is talking about the video and her boyfriend’s involvement.
Fresno police are still looking for 3 suspects that they believe took part in the dogfight. One of the men arrested is Robert McCoy. His girlfriend visited him Thursday in jail and says he’s sorry for his involvement that day but he is not a gang member.
Robert McCoy is prominently featured in a dog fighting video seized by Fresno police, laughing and carrying on. At one point he even poses in front of two bloody dogs.
There’s no denying his involvement. Even his girlfriend Anansa Kindred admits his bad decision, but she says he is not a gang member. “He’s not this bad vicious person that everybody’s trying to make him out to be,” says Kindred.
McCoy and another man, Luis Goodman, are being held for training and participating in organized dog fights. Police are still looking for McCoy’s brother Isaac, along with Kevin Dejean and Deandre Stanfill.
Investigators say McCoy is a validated gang member with prior criminal history. His girlfriend says that’s not true. “He’s never done anything since then or before then. He doesn’t have a record for anything. He’s never been to jail, none of that,” says Kindred.
His girlfriend says McCoy regrets his choice to participate in the video that was shot several months ago. “He vaguely remembers the video. He doesn’t remember much when I spoke to him about it. You know- he wishes he would have never did it. He just wished that he would have never been in that area at all, whatsoever,” says Kindred.
Fresno police took 12 dogs during Wednesday’s search of the southwest Fresno home where McCoy was living.
SPCA officials say the dogs do not have any fresh wounds but do have evidence of being involved in dogfights.