BUFFALO, N.Y. — A New York sheriff’s deputy had to fight off a couple and a pit bull during a recent traffic stop, leading to attempted murder charges against a 22-year-old man.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard says Thursday that Sammy Abdellatif had Deputy Jason Clark in a chokehold Wednesday night when a passer-by stopped to help the officer, who Howard says was also being attacked by Abdellatif’s girlfriend and the dog.

Howard says Abdellatif went after the deputy on Grand Island, north of Buffalo, because he was angry at him for having his girlfriend’s car towed.

Abdellatif and Brittany Ashley-Graser were arrested following the arrival of the passer-by and another deputy and are being held pending court appearances. Ashley-Graser is charged with assault and resisting arrest.

It’s unknown whether they have lawyers.