Joel Nevarez wanted for siccing pit-bull mix on bride at her wedding

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big photos below.
Brittany Cortez will always remember her wedding day in part because of the scars she'll bear from it.

In an incredibly shocking incident, Joel Nevarez, a longtime friend with a history of mental issues, allegedly sicced his pit-bull mix on her at the reception and personally attacking her using a set of brass knuckles.

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Brittany Cortez.
The story comes to us from 7News, which spoke to Cortez in the wake of the attack.

According to a police report cited by the station, Cortez and her new husband, Jorge Cortez-Trinidad, were celebrating with family and friends at around 1 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, at a home on Williams Street in Denver when Nevarez allegedly unleashed his pit-bull mix on Brittany.

The dog bit Cortez on the shoulder and back, causing wounds that required stitches, and physically dragged her on the ground by the hair. He also sunk his teeth into Cortez-Trinidad when he tried to get the dog to let go of her. Another wedding guest was bitten as well.

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Some of Cortez's wounds.
While this was going on, Nevarez allegedly punched Cortez while wearing brass knuckles.

Afterward, Nevarez got away, although the dog was captured. It's currently on a ten-day quarantine order at Denver Animal Shelter, where the animal's ultimate fate will be determined.

What motivated Nevarez's actions? That's speculation at this point, but both Cortez and Nevarez's sister, Monica Nevarez-Coronado, tell the station he has a history of mental troubles serious enough to have required hospitalization. Moreover, his behavior has reportedly gotten more extreme and unstable in the past few years, during which he's had more than one run-in with the law.

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A photo of Nevarez from his Facebook page.
In fact, he's got a December 17 court date set for an assault allegedly committed last year, and he was on probation for destruction of private property at the time of the wedding.

Cortez, a childhood friend who's said to have cared for Nevarez after he was released from the hospital, says she invited him to the wedding because she feared problems if she didn't. The assault left her understandably traumatized, and Nevarez's sister is no less shaken. "I'm sleeping with my gun next to my nightstand because I am scared to just wake up and he's standing next to the bed," she tells 7News. "Who knows what he's capable of?"

Neither is his location known. He's currently wanted by Denver Police on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon -- a description that may refer to the dog, the brass knuckles or both. However, he remains at large and may have headed to Mexico, where his mother lives.

Here's a larger look at Nevarez's mug shot.

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Joel Nevarez.

More from our News archive: "Bud Linton shoots pit bull dead after alleged attack on three other dogs."


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Karlahmarie
Karlahmarie

Okay before anyone starts blaming Joel for everything that happened, Obviously no one understands what really happened that day unless you were ACTUALLY there. Yes, Joel has an unstable mentality but I know for a fact he is not as bad as they portray him to be. Skylo was a good dog and NO he never abused Skylo ever so before the lies everyone is spreading gets out everywhere, Joel's illness was extreme to the point where it was getting a little out of control but he's not some dangerous killer. He didn't "beat" Brittany, they already had problems before so of course she would say anything to get him in deeper trouble. She wasn't scared of him she just said it to seem like the innocent one and although she was a victim to Skylo's bites, Joel isn't the only one to blame. He is a human being. It's frustrating to see everyone looking down upon him when everbody makes mistakes too. I guess if you really knew him and understood more about his story you wouldn't be just basing your judgements by what Brittany or the news says

robbdogg913
robbdogg913

Kill the owner not the dog......Oh yeaaa everyone one at the wedding just watched him beat the bride up and did nothing to subdue the man, instead they turned their attention on the dog. Now the dog has to die for following orders and the ass(owner) is back home(Mexico) , on the beach, with mommy.....They have pictures of this dog on the internet and it doesn't seem as though it could have killed that woman. Its a Pit mix!! Not full blooded you retards. R.I.P dog!!! Sucks that you had to die because you just followed orders hoping he wouldn't beat you if you didn't listen and everyone tried stopping you and let your owner hit this lovely lady with brass knuckles. Whats worse at that point? A small ass dog (look at the pic)? Or the man who sicced the dog on her and has the brass knuckles? No offense but it was 1am and I'm sure most people were drunk. This guy rolls in with his dog and shes scared that he would do something to her if she didn't invite him.? I'm sorry to say this but your husband is a puss. My wife tells me she invited this man to MY wedding because she lives in fear of him, with nothing said and no questions asked.....hes about to feel real pain...

Kristy Kolb Hansen
Kristy Kolb Hansen

The things you have been posting in recent weeks have me hiding Westword stories on a regular basis - may be time for an "un-liking".

Kristy Kolb Hansen
Kristy Kolb Hansen

Can't you just say dog? I'm so tired of the media adding "pitbull" to make a story more dramatic. It is not the fault of the dog that it's owner is a low-life psycho

Chareese Erickson Lopez
Chareese Erickson Lopez

That poor dog doesn't deserve to die...The ASSHOLE who sicced the dog on the bride deserves to rot in jail!!!!!!!!!

Erica Nicole Fontenot
Erica Nicole Fontenot

Wow... this morning they said it was NOT a pit bull. Why do they even feel the need to point out what breed of dog it is. The breed does not matter, especially when you will have people who salivate at the idea of being able to lay blame on more pitties.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

When Pitt-bulls are Outlawed, only Outlaws will have Pit-bulls.

Kirk Gruber
Kirk Gruber

I'm surprised to see the Westword hating on pit-bulls. They will have one less "like" today.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Possibly headed for Mexico? That tells me he was/is probably here illegally in the first place.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

It is just possible that the consequences of this incident for people are more significant than the consequences for pit bulls.

Ben Barr
Ben Barr

OMG BAN ALL DOGS!!!! jk ...What a dumb fuck...

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Right Jill. It was a dog. Lion and bear attacks should also not specify what type...just cat or bear. Or snake. Doesnt matter if it was a pit bull or a york as far as its fate but it matters for sake of specifics. I assure you if a black lab had been the dog in tjis scenario it would have been reported as such too. .

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Ventilate that POS on site...mental illness or not.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Most of all,

Congrads on your wedding &

I wish the two of you many, many,

happy years together !

Please don't be afraid of all Pit Bulls.

They DO require additional socializing as

puppies, but can be wonderful dogs.

Speedy recovery !!!

Angela Reali
Angela Reali

Thanks for looking into this Jill Brown. When I first saw this, I thought great. More negative publicity for the very pits that many are trying to help. Dog attacked someone? Just slap the breed on it without doing the research; call it a Pit Bull - people will buy it. Denver Westword, it's important you get your facts corrected.

Jill Brown
Jill Brown

Pls report more objectively - it was a DOG (that attacked based on direction -- pit bull stories like this only demonize a breed that is already SO misunderstood and misrepresented). Sadly, a dog that will probably die for simply listening to a bad owner.

Valerie Cates
Valerie Cates

Stupid mother fucker. That dog is gonna suffer now because of him.

jabuhrer
jabuhrer

Video or it didn't happen.

therealtrickjames
therealtrickjames

It's terrible what morons have done to the reputation of this breed.

Jen Cox
Jen Cox

I thought animal control didn't classify it as a pit?

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

daaaaaammmnnnnnn *Cold Blodded*

Denise Caskey
Denise Caskey

Glad they are blaming the pits owner and not the pit exclusively.

Jenny Castaneda
Jenny Castaneda

I wonder what their family funerals are going to be like!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I watched three different station's segments this morning.

This poor dog is going to be put down solely due to an

extremely irresponsible owner.

I hope her husband and friends catch this guy before the cops.

This deserves REAL justice !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @RobertChase 

That was my intent when addressing the possible long term effects this could easily have on her. I have a 135 lbs Rottie/Service Dog and I often see women tense up terrified when we go by. 

You make a very valid point that I too,  believe is being overlooked.

ic4shoes
ic4shoes

 @Won_Leg Piss off idiot!  Why didn't you just say, "Congrads (misspelled btw) on your wedding, please don't be afraid of all brass knuckles.  They do require some training and care to use and maintain, but can be wonderful weapons.  Hope your bruises heal fast!"     

 

That's got to be one of the MOST insensitive things I've ever heard.  Typical crap though coming from a fan of pit bulls/weapons.

mom2cairns
mom2cairns

 @Won_Leg UNTIL THEY ATTACK A CHILD, ANOTHER ANIMAL, INCLUDING HORSES, KILL AN ADULT (CHICAGO & SAN DIEGO RECENTLY), AND POLICE... YEAH... THEY ARE ALWAYS NICE UNTIL THEY SNAP.  Their uncertain breeding backgrounds lead them to be ticking time bombs and no one knows where the fuse is.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @Won_Leg 

For I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children -- and pets -- to the third and the fourth generation. -- Exodus 20:5

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @ic4shoes 

Did you forget to take your meds or sell them because you are WAY off the mark on my comment...

robbdogg913
robbdogg913

 @mom2cairns  @Won_Leg  Lets say you have a loving son (16). So you start to see signs of "snap".....OK its time to put him down....Animals to me are more respectful than most humans. Dogs don't live long because they find unconditional love a lot faster than us (humans).   Ticking time bombs huh?.... Look ma'am, If you read the story, the damn owner "sicced" his dog on her....Its not like the dog took himself to the wedding and started bitting the bride..He followed orders. You work? Well what happens if you don't follow orders??? OK and your a grown ass woman. I'm sure that asshole owner beat that dogs ass for any little thing when the dog wouldn't obey. Plus a Pitbull has the power to destroy flesh...she had bite marks. Also why capture the dog and let the asshole run away? how many people were at that wedding that allo0wed that to happen? I know if I were there I'd stop the guy before he got away, but I guess there attention was on the dog and not the man who brought him there..... Think before you write please.

robbdogg913
robbdogg913

 @DonkeyHotay  @jabuhrer Dude who the hell would put their face to a dog who just been recused?!?!? A idiot to say the least. The dog looks fine but he can't talk to tell us what happened to him and how he was found on that pond. She shouldn't even be touching it at this point. The dog has to be evaluated to see its aggressiveness in all aspects. The idiot cops should have told her to stay back and don't touch or try to kiss the dog. Unless the dog knows me, I would even get a foot from his face. If you make eye contact and that dog isn't breaking the stare down....Your about to get your ass kicked....Especially a dog of this caliber. 

mom2cairns
mom2cairns

 @DonkeyHotay  @jabuhrer hate to say it but the reported behaved in a TOTALLY stupid way.... you NEVER EVER put your face up close to a dog first off.  In dog behaviour, that is a confrontation... and never show your teeth, i.e. smile, when meeting a dog.  WE humans don't do it, but proper dog etiquette to smell the scent glands to see just what the status is (and we humans are NOT going to smell a dog that way) but you stand back.... offer the back (not the palm) of your hand, fingers closed, to allow them to smell YOU first... back off... talk a little to the human at the other end of the leash, let the dog sense if the human at the other end of the leash is comfortable with your presence, if you are, then AKS the human if you may pet the dog, WAIT for an OK... THEN quietly proceed to pet but never ever put your face in the dogs when you first meet a dog.... at any time that familiarity  should be reserved ONLY for your own canine companions.... it's a pack thing.... which YOU as pack leader are the initiator.

mom2cairns
mom2cairns

 @robbdogg913  @Juan_Leg  @Won_Leg   Suggest you read THE NEW WORK OF DOGS by Jon Katz... it might open your eyes to the concept of what dogs do and how we react and form their behaviours in return.

robbdogg913
robbdogg913

 @mom2cairns  @Juan_Leg  @Won_Leg 

We are not talking about those stories you just listed. Maybe THOSE dogs deserve to die, who knows? Don't get thrown off the immediate subject which is this man comes to a WEDDING!!! A WEDDING!!!!! They didn't say how many attended but I'm sure there were more that just a few people. Hell probably some talked to this man and petted the dog.

It was until the owner said "Sic em" is when the dog attacked. Your a school teacher (retired) right? So what happens when kids don't listen to you? you just do nothing? of course not. There's some type of punishment associated with not listening to your superior. Now lets say you a short fused, mentally ill person...now do you think if that dog doesn't listen he just gonna get a pat on the nose? Listen I understand you had a personal experience with and Pit but that doesn't mean its a horrible breed. It also doesn't mean that dog should die. You say you rescued animals for 50 years? So when ever you came across a Pitbull you just said "OH NO! A Pitbull, better not take the chance to rescue it because it could tear us limb from limb and eat our necks!!" A its not about de grammer !!!! Your a retired teacher and I guess you still can't overlook when someone doesn't have a good of grammar skills as you do. Maybe you were brought up it a great environment in Europe somewhere and we could not afford the means for a proper education. Not to mention people say: Congratz, Congrats, Gratz, Grads, orrrrr Congrads. Its called slang and or abbreviation, but I thought you would have known that being a teacher. Maybe us "dumb fucks" are just as smart as you "smart fucks". And you call yourself a animal rescuer but you opt for this animal to die because of its breed? 

 

I'm done with this topic. The dog is fuckin dead already so it's not like arguing will bring it back.

 

You know why they say all dogs go to heaven? Because at one point they are all innocent little ounce size pups and growing up all they do is express unconditional love to those who embrace it with open arms. It's the sellers and the the mill runners who can give a shit about who they sell to so the sell loving animals to horrible people.

 

They are DOGS!!! they not know of right and wrong, those are human man made rules. They are taught by their owner what the owner thinks is right and wrong.

 

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~Gandhi (1869-1948) And he's smarter than any of us...

mom2cairns
mom2cairns

 @Juan_Leg  @robbdogg913  @Won_Leg  Ahhh you showed your true colours.  Sorry but I am a retired English teacher and even my SpEd students wrote better than you.  You and the PB 'nutters' are so blind to the reality of the anti-social aspects of the dog and the personality of those who become apologists for the breed.  Try going back and seriously thinking (if you can) about how there can be a solution to allow the possibility of this type of dog in a community and the safety of the other people who have to live on proximity.  And TRY not to use a potty mouth, it really doesn't bring anything to the discussion.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

 @mom2cairns  @robbdogg913  @Won_Leg Cool ,  I get to use the  ' C ' word !

You sorry CUNT , I am going blind and rely on Dragon software. IT SUCKS !!!

( How's that for grammar ? )

People in these blogs know this and cut me slack . It's not like I'm typing up a motion or anything where I MUST be extremely aware of what I have written.

One more thing , just because you and the morons you surround yourself w/ don't know how to socialize a dog , don't lay YOUR shortcomings on us all !!!

mom2cairns
mom2cairns

 @robbdogg913  @Won_Leg Have been working rescue for almost 50 years, and you obviously know little or nothing about the history of what is called the American Pit Bull.  They were designed to rip and tear... if they don't it's only because some humans were around to pull them off.  Obviously at a wedding there ARE OTHER HUMANS to pull the dog off.    My daughter's best friend's daughter was attacked by a PB last week...58 stitches, lost two teeth.  Yes, while the PB is DESIGNED (by evil men) to kill and maim, it's only when humans are good enough to dare to save the person.  To bad that man in Chicago was alone when his own PBs attacked and killed him (verified by Cook Co. coroner) and the wife walked in while the dogs were eating at his neck.  They attack and fight on command but not as much as when they are on their own.  BTW... try taking a grammar course or reviewing your English text book before you write.

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