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Police Dog: Man Beats Girlfriend and Her Dog and Flees, Gets Taken Down by K-9 Twice

| by Phyllis M Daugherty

After allegedly beating his girlfriend and her dog while drunk, and then hitting two patrol cars while fleeing from officers, Oscar Fabela Villa II, 21, of Anchorage, Alaska, was arrested and charged with seven misdemeanors and seven felonies, including assault, animal cruelty, drunken driving and resisting arrest.

Anchorage Daily News reports that Villa was on probation for prior convictions and was out on bail at the time of the incident. He was apprehended by K-9 police dog Aeirie as he attempted to flee. Villa spent his Thanksgiving behind bars and still remained in jail on Tuesday.

Officers responded to a 911 call from a home in the 3300 block of Mount Vernon Court at about 12:20 a.m. on that Thursday, according to the charges. Villa's girlfriend told the officers he was drunk, and she hid his keys so he could not drive.

"Villa told her she should be afraid of him and then grabbed her by the neck and strangled her until she passed out," the charges say. "When she came to she was in a bedroom and Villa was holding her pet dog by the collar and hitting and kicking the dog repeatedly."

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The dog is a Rottweiler-shepherd mix, Myron said. It freed itself, but Villa grabbed its collar again and continued hitting it, according to Anchorage Daily News.

When the woman tried to protect her pet, Villa allegedly punched her in the face. Court records indicate that then he allowed the woman to take the dog and some belongings and leave. However, he sent her a text a short while later stating that he had a rifle.

When officers arrived, Villa was gone, but the gun was found-- a basic, bolt-action rifle, Myren said -- and a bent steak knife, which Villa had apparently used to carve an expletive in a couch cushion, the charges say.

His 2001 Suburban was spotted a short time later, police spokeswoman Myren said, and officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but Villa sped away. When he drove into a dead end, he attempted to spin the car around and he hit the bumpers of two police patrol cars, Myren said. "He was yelling and screaming."

Villa ran and after issuing warnings for the suspect to stop, K-9 Officer Lonnie Brown released his police dog, a Belgian Malinois named Aerie. Villa continued running about a half-mile through a park and some backyards. He jumped several fence, with Aeirie close in pursuit. The dog then latched onto Villa's arm and dragged him to the ground, Myren said.

"Villa fought off the dog and continued running until he was taken down a second time by Aeirie and officers were able to get him in handcuffs,” according to Anchorage Daily News.

The charges state that Villa threatened to kill the dog and officers.

Sources: ADN, Police K9 Mag