Cellphone video of pit bulls fighting in Hunters Point has led to two arrests and could produce more, police said Monday.
The video was discovered following the arrest last month of 23-year-old suspected Westmob gang member Ed Perkins on dogfighting charges, Sgt. Danielle Newman said.
Perkins was later booked on suspicion of owning, possessing or training a dog with intent to fight with another dog; causing a fight between dogs for amusement or gain; animal cruelty; participating in a street gang; and conspiracy, Newman said.
In the video, police said, two pit bulls were "goaded into fighting as bystanders looked on and cheered."
Officers said the dogfight occurred in March at the Hunters View housing development at West Point and Middle Point roads.
A second suspect, 24-year-old Jermaine Jackson, was also booked on suspicion of being a spectator at the fight.
But investigators are hunting for five more suspects. They know the identity of at least one other suspect who is not in custody but has a felony warrant for his arrest.
"We think he's going to turn himself in," Newman said.
Police have released still images from the video footage in hopes that the public will help to identify more suspects. Those with information on the whereabouts of the dogs and the suspects are encouraged to call SFPD's tip line at (415) 575-4444, Newman said.
Perkins is no stranger to the law. In 2010, he was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at Pink Saturday, a street party held the night before the San Francisco Pride Parade.
Charges against Perkins were later dropped, as he reportedly was found with a gun but not the weapon that was used to kill 19-year-old Stephen Powell and injure two bystanders.
That murder case remains unsolved.