STATEN ISLAND — A convicted killer was arrested Wednesday for beating a dog and slashing a man who tried to stop him across the face, police said.
Wilfredo Arroyo, who was sent to prison in 2004 for manslaughter, was walking two dogs with another man past 860 Targee St., near Clove Road, about 6:40 p.m. on May 24 when he started kicking and hitting one of the dogs with a belt, NYPD officials said.
A 32-year-old man witnessed the animal abuse and tried to stop Arroyo — who retaliated by pulling out a knife and slashing him above the left eye, police said.
The victim was seriously injured and treated at Richmond University Medical Center, police said.
Arroyo and the other man, who was questioned and released, fled the scene, police said.
Arroyo was arrested Wednesday at 8:45 a.m., police said.
Arroyo was first arrested by the NYPD in 1997 for theft of service, police said. He was 17 at the time.
That same year, he was convicted of a robbery and served the next five years in prison, Department of Corrections records show.
He was arrested again in 2001 for murder and convicted three years later of manslaughter, police and prison records show.
He served the next decade behind bars until he was released on parole on Nov. 25, 2014, according to the DOC.