LORAIN — A Lorain man was arrested after he was allegedly found punching a police dog.
The man, later identified as Willie Ramos Jr., 42, was tracked by police dog Kriss after officers were sent to the Pearl Village Apartments for a fight in the parking lot.
At 3:11 a.m., officers were dispatched to the apartments, located at 4225 Pearl Avenue, after a caller said a group of men were arguing outside the building, and one of the men supposedly had weapons inside his vehicle. Police arrived to find Ramos arguing with another man, but Ramos fled the scene when officers confronted them.
According to a police report, officers lost track of Ramos as he jumped a fence around the apartment building. Police used K-9 Kriss to track Ramos, who reportedly did not surrender after officers warned the man the dog would find him. Kriss eventually located Ramos, who was hiding behind several bushes in the front yard of Sacred Heart Church.
Police said when Kriss located Ramos, he began punching the dog several times in the head and body. An officer had to strike Ramos in the face after he squeezed Kriss’s face and refused to let go.
Ramos was arrested and transferred to Mercy Regional Medical Center for injuries from Kriss, who had bitten the man during the scuffle. Police found prenatal vitamins and a white substance that did not test positive for narcotics that Ramos reportedly tossed in a bush when he ran from officers.
Ramos was charged with obstructing official business, resisting arrest, assault on a police dog and possession of a counterfeit substance. Police said Ramos also had an outstanding warrant through the Elyria Police Department.