Man stabs dog to death while on a walk with its owner

FALLS CHURCH, VA – A Virginia man has been taken into custody after being accused of a fatal stabbing incident involving a dog that was being walked by its owner. Authorities arrested Reyan Hassan Ibrahim, 25, on Monday morning. He was taken into custody near Dulles International Airport, according to a press release from the Falls Church Police Department.

The incident in question occurred on Sunday night. According to allegations, Ibrahim attacked and stabbed the dog while it was being walked near an intersection in Falls Church. The dog, unfortunately, had to be euthanized as a result of this disturbing event. No human injuries were reported.

Ibrahim, a Broadlands resident, was identified as a suspect after eyewitnesses provided his license plate number to the police and a registration match was obtained.

Acting Police Chief Jiwan Chhetri expressed sympathy for the dog’s family, acknowledging the emotional toll of losing pets, who are considered family members. He also thanked Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department for their prompt action and the community members who had crucially recorded the license plate information.

At the time of the dog stabbing incident, Ibrahim was out on bail concerning an unrelated charge of destruction of property connected to an arrest in November 2023. He is alleged to have destroyed about $20,000 worth of property at three businesses, including McDonald’s, Chick-Fil-A, and Sheetz.

Ibrahim is now confined to the Loudoun County detention facility and is awaiting extradition to face charges linked to the dog stabbing. It remains uncertain whether he has entered a plea or if he has legal representation.