Only on 7: 'Bloodthirsty' dogs attack children playing in Northeast

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A previous version of this story misidentified two people. This story has been updated.

Nearly three days after two dogs attacked a group of children and the man who tried to protect them, the search is still on for both the animals and their owner.

Andrew Wilkis, right, describes the vicious dog attacks he was injured in Friday night as he stepped in to save children. Photo: ABC7

The Northeast neighborhood of Trinidad was terrorized Friday night when two large, approximately 190-pound dogs got loose and started attacking - and the entire thing was caught on surveillance camera.

According to surveillance video from a nearby apartment, obtained exclusively by ABC 7 News, the large, white "Cane Corso" dogs on the loose began to stalk children in in the streets around 9 p.m. The children fled, but the dogs trapped two children who jumped on top of parked cars in an attempt to get away from the dogs.

"It was like something out of a horror movie," Tiara Bryant, the mother of one of the children said as she watched the loose dogs chase her son. One of the dogs eventually jumped up on top of the car with the children.

The attack lasted for about 13 minutes on Queen Street as the two white dogs chased three kids, aged 10, 11 and 13.

"It seemed like they were hunting. Like they were going after people," Aliya Rocker-Patterson, a neighbor said, "I see children on top of cars with big white pit bulls...trying to get them. It was absolutely insane."

It was then that Andre Hawthorne, an usher for the Washington Nationals, was coming home from the game and stepped in. He was armed with a knife and his courage. He can be seen on the tape trying to run the dogs off with his knife.

The dogs then turned on him, tossing him around like a "rag doll" neighbors described, which allowed the children to flee safely. However, the attack left him with wounds on his left arm and hand which are now infected, he says. He also is undergoing a series of rabies shots.

"They drug him off of the car and was shaking him in the street and the neighbors across the street were throwing things out the window to try to distract the dogs but they wouldn't let him go," his wife, Shirley Perry said, "I was terrified, because all I could think about was the dog getting the kids."

Neighbors, according to the tape, were able to help wrangle the dogs, now injured, away from Hawthorne. The dogs were seen limping away on the surveillance tape.

"I got bitten on the arm and I got stitches, they took some meat out between my two fingers," Hawthorne said at the site of the incident today.

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