Man Allegedly Tries To Strangle Police Dog In Lakeland Village; Pup Bites Back

The dog sustained a minor injury and is being treated by a veterinarian, a sheriff's sergeant said.

A man was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly tried to strangle a police dog, authorities are reporting.

Ryan Dunbar, 26, of Hemet was taken into custody shortly after 2:46 a.m. on suspicion of battery on a police service dog, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, and unlawfully driving a stolen vehicle, according to Sgt. Steve Brosche of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Earlier, deputies from the department allegedly spotted Dunbar driving a stolen vehicle in the Peppertree Mobile Home Park on Stoneman Street in Lakeland Village.

Dunbar “sped into the mobile home park and rammed his vehicle through a chain linked fence,” the sergeant said. “He fled on foot into a wash area in an attempt to elude deputies. A perimeter was set and Dunbar was located hiding in heavy brush.”

Dunbar allegedly refused deputy commands to surrender, so a K-9 was used to assist.

As the incident progressed, the suspect was bitten on the hand, Brosche said, explaining, “during the bite, Dunbar attempted to strangle the K-9 dog.”

The dog sustained a minor injury and is being treated by a veterinarian, the sergeant said.

Dunbar has been in trouble with law enforcement before. Most recently, Patch reported on his alleged involvement with band of air conditioner thieves.

Constant Comment February 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Wow! Some people can write the word "lynch" and get away with it, but when I wrote about the guys hair looking like one of those boot scrapers, I get pulled? Hmmm LOL }~)
Constant Comment February 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I don't think its the Patch Police as much as it is the people themselves that can't deal & can't refute the truth. They are the ones that simply 'flag' the comment to make it go away. (Wouldn't want to clump these people into one category for fear of getting told off by marfa.) Chuckle.....chuckle........}~)
Reverend Smith February 20, 2013 at 05:33 AM
Rather than blame Jerry Brown because he happens to be the heir to 30 years of Republican governors from Reagan to the Governator, who gutted the education system, encouraged illegal immigration and generally made it near impossible for young people to be prepared for job that were rapidly leaving the state or being taken by the hordes from over our southern border, maybe (after we've locked up the consequences of those years like this guy) we ought to stop trying to force another philandering Governator into office in hopes his movie fantasy image will somehow clean up the streets and bring prosperity to us all. Reality people - REALITY.
Arthur Spooner February 20, 2013 at 05:56 AM
I think you need to do your homework. We have not had 30 years of republican governors. Come back when you know something.
Arthur Spooner February 20, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Another thing that cracks me up about your post, Jerry Brown was AFTER Reagan not before. Who do you blame for the City of Los Angeles?? You have Bradley, Hahn, and Villargosa. Why are they almost bankrupt??


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