FRESNO – A man who hit a woman holding a baby and then punched a police dog in the nose was arrested Tuesday morning.
Police responded around 12:30 a.m. to a child custody incident near Thomas Avenue and Second Street in southeast Fresno. When they got to the location, officers saw 31-year-old Jonathan Alexander hit a woman who was holding a baby, authorities said.
Alexander then ran into the house and locked himself inside with another small child. The officers were able to rescue the child, but Alexander refused to come out. Officers sent in a police dog, Tico, to search the home.
When Tico found Alexander hiding in the attic, Alexander punched the dog several times in the nose.
The dog was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital, where he was treated and released. He was cleared for duty and returned to service, authorities said.
Alexander was treated at Community Regional Medical Center for injuries he sustained during his arrested. He was then booked into Fresno County Jail on charges of domestic violence, child endangerment and assault on a police dog.
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