Newburgh, NY – A Newburgh police K9 on Sunday assisted in the apprehension of a suspect who had just punched his human handler in the face (video below).
The incident occurred on Nov. 24 after 31-year-old Tony Mann entered a driveway in the 300-block of Washington Street and threatened the occupant with a knife, according to a statement from the Newburgh Police Department.
Newburgh Police Officer Roman Scuadroni responded to the report of unwanted trespassing and found Mann still pacing in the driveway.
A cell phone video of the incident filmed by one of the people who called police from that address showed Mann standing in the driveway in front of the police SUV waving his arms and taking up a fighting stance.
Officer Scuadroni approached the suspect and attempted to talk to him, but observed that Mann appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, according to the press release.
The cell phone video showed that seconds after the officer approached the suspect, Mann punched him in the face, totally unprovoked.
But the officer didn’t return the punch and instead, calmly took a step back and released his partner, K9 Lee, from the back of his vehicle.
K9 Lee grabbed Mann’s arm in his mouth and assisted Officer Scuadroni in taking the suspect to the ground, the video showed.
The officer’s backup arrived less than 30 seconds later and the additional officers helped to get the resisting suspect under control and into handcuffs.
Only then did Officer Scuadroni disengage his partner from the suspect’s arm.
Police said Mann was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital because he was under the influence of a narcotic and for treatment of minor injuries suffered from the dog bites.
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Officer Scuadroni suffered minor injuries to his mouth and both thumbs, including cuts, the press release said.
Police recovered the folding knife at the scene that Mann had used to threaten the 911 caller.
He was arrested and charged with trespass, third-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and second-degree menacing, according to the police department.
Watch K9 Lee assist his handler in the apprehension in the video below: