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Dyker Heights Woman & Pitbull Brawl With Mailman [Video]

The life of a mailman is hard enough. Rain or shine, postal workers are out there, lugging around that bag of mail, marching up to strangers’ homes to bring them their packages.

Occasionally these encounters go awry, like yesterday, at 11am, when a Dyker Heights woman and her dog attacked a USPS employee who had come to retrieve a misdelivered parcel.

Surveillance video of the incident appears to show the postal worker ringing the doorbell of a home on 12th Avenue, when suddenly a dog leaps out at him. The fleeing man kicks the dog, and after briefly returning inside, the woman returns with a dog kennel and proceeds to violently assault the mailman with it.

The Daily News spoke to both parties:

Nicole Bommarito, 43, claimed she told the postman, John Chen, a 26-year veteran mail carrier, that she would get the package and closed her door.

But then, she said, Chen opened her door and walked into the house. Bommarito’s pet bulldog Leo attacked him and she pushed him out of her house.

“I was gonna bring it out myself, but he rang the doorbell before I could,” she said. “I told him, wait, I’ll get the package, because I knew my dog was in the house, but he opened my front door into my living room and my dog ran at him…He (the dog) jumped on him.”

Chen, who has been a mailman for 26 years, offered a different version of events.

“I opened the screen door and knocked on the door, and she wouldn’t give it back. She tried to kick me. I tried to get away,” the postal worker told the outlet. “I think there’s something wrong with her. I was scared. I didn’t do anything wrong.”

It would be a case of he said/she said, except that it’s a federal offense to attack government employees, including postal workers.

Dyker Heights residents we spoke to expressed disbelief at the incident.

“Guess one of the neighbors will not be getting her mail anytime soon,” said neighbor Stanley Ng.

Ng has a point. According to this article on Save the Post Office, it is not unusual for the USPS to suspend service to a customers — or even an entire block — due to an unrestrained attack dog.

Though cops responded to the scene, no injuries were reported and no arrests were made, according to police. The tabloid reports that both Chen and Bommarito are considering filing charges.

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  1. Rachel – I don’t know what video you were looking at but I didn’t see the mailman ring the bell and wait for a response. I see the mail man close the door and then open it wide again before the dog jumped on him. It was a clear glass door so he had to have seen the dog before he opened the door. And what she threw at him was not a dog kennel but a USPS mail basket which means, since that was inside the house, he had to have put it there. If he only rang the bell and waited for her to respond like most people would do when going to a strangers house, this most likely would not have happened. Yes she was out of control but he provoked the dog and then started kicking the dog – he even tried to kick the woman when she came out. I think it’s time for him to retire. 26 years on the job – he’s done.

  2. I think you are seeing a different video than the one posted here, Rob. Many homes have the doorbell situated between the glass storm door and the interior door, so he may have had to open the storm door to ring the bell. After doing that, he starts to close the storm door (as most people would while waiting for a response). The interior door appears to open while he’s still closing the storm door, so he opens the screen door, expecting to be handed the package. That’s when the dog attacks, most likely having been hidden behind the interior door. Note that he never enters the house.

    The only thing the video establishes without doubt is that, when he does pull the storm door open, he’s greeted with a kick from the woman, and the dog chases him down the steps. He does not try to kick the woman when she comes out. She either hits or scratches at his face, and he does nothing in retaliation. The only time he raises his leg is to block the mail basket when she throws it at him. He never aims any violent action at the woman. And when he is cleaning up the mess she made, she chases him again with the dog.

    However, it’s also pretty clear that the video is not “Surveillance video”. It’s clearly poor quality cellphone video. The video tracks the action very carefully, but with enough adjustment of position and zoom that it must be being shot by a human being. That also means that there must have been some activity that preceded what’s on the video to have caused that person to shoot the video, so we’re not seeing the whole event. Something in that earlier period might explain why she had the mail basket inside the house.

  3. I watched it again and yes – she was clearly agitated from the beginning of the video so something had already taken place. The fact that his mail basket & packages that did not belong there were inside her house, means there’s a lot more to this that what we’re looking at. And I don’t care where the doorbell is, you don’t swing open the door to a strangers house like that and expect to be greeted with a smile. He’s lucky all she had was an out of control dog.

  4. This guy used to deliver packages from the Parkville station on 20th ave. I’ve filed two complaints on him because all he does is toss packages from the landing and up eight steps up. Never saw him after that. Seems they had transferred him to the post office on 13th. Again, same thing as her, we never had any issues with our USPS package delivery person before and after him.

  5. I can tell you who I believe. Pit owners are habitual liars and criminals (or criminals in waiting)… scurrying their beasts off after maulings and covering for their weapon — “my dog is my weapon.” Post office should suspend service to this person permanently.

  6. You’re a liar covering for this lying pit owner. This woman’s story lacks the earmarks of credibility. She controlled her pit when she wrongfully took the package that didn’t belong to her; but, she doesn’t want to give it back. She’s a thief with a pit… so what’s new, they go hand in hand.

  7. Since I’m a liar, you’re a dumbass. The only thing I agreed with is she said she never had any issues with the previous USPS workers. How am I covering for her if all I did was share my experience with him? Since reading AND visual comprehension isn’t your strong suit, let me take you to school.

    He claims he misdelivered a package, but yet she hits him with his white USPS bin, that has other packages as well, before she kicks and sicks her dog at him. How is his ENTIRE bin in her house in the first place?

    She claimed that he walked into her house while he did none of that. She also claims that the dog ran after him and she pushed him. She obviously didn’t push him. She kicks him as well as assaults him with his work equipment that was in her house.

    There’s two sides to a story and both sides don’t add up. You already took a side mainly because she has a pitbull just because an online newspaper says it’s a pitbull. You obviously didn’t click on the NY Daily News link because the dog isn’t even remotely look a pitbull at all. If you had clicked on the link, NBC News interviewed her with her dog and wow, that dog is soooo vicious (sarcasm since I have to point things out to you). Great job in failing the school system.

  8. You’re not only a liar, you’re a long-winded one. I don’t read book-length internet comments written by liars. Learn to trust in brevity.

  9. The exact excuse someone with a defeated intelligence and compromised attention span of a potato would say. You can’t be an internet justice warrior by using the word of the day from Sesame Street.

  10. Yeh, my law degree taught me to demand truth and brevity and reject arguments based on abuse of parties rather than the issues. My God taught me to be nice, so: I wish you the very best.

  11. Just because you announce that have a law degree on the internet, it must be true! Now, who’s the damn liar? If you really were a lawyer, you’d have read my “too long of a post” and seen both sides that I pointed out AND reviewed the video.

    Using “brevity” again? Guess you’re watching a repeat episode of Sesame Street. An overwhelmed quarter-wit dumbass will always bring in religion and well wishes.

  12. I watched the video and listened to Mrs. Bommarito’s interviews on television. . She’s just not credible as her narrative does not match the video. So, who should I believe, her or my lyin’ eyes? I hope she gets arrested by the US Postal Police. As Yellow Pad points out, the postal worker may not be the nicest guy, but he did not deserve to be kicked and chased by Mrs. B and her dog.

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