A Moreno Valley Police Department K-9 was recovering and a 39-year-old suspect remained in custody Thursday after the man allegedly stabbed the dog during a confrontation with officers, officials said.
Moreno Valley police responded about 10:11 p.m. Tuesday to a report of an assault in the 15000 block of Zaharias Street, where they arrived to find a man who had been struck by a blunt object and suffered a head wound, according to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Noor Kakar, later identified as the attacker, was standing on his porch and holding an “unknown metallic object,” the statement said.
As additional officers arrived at the scene, including one accompanied by his K-9 partner, Kakar retreated into his home and disappeared, police said.
After the officers unsuccessfully attempted to convince the man to surrender, they entered the residence and were confronted by him, according to the news release. He was allegedly holding a knife.
Police used pepper-ball rounds and a Taser in an attempt to disarm Kakar, who then threw the knife at them and fled further into the residence, officials said.
The police dog, a Belgian Malinois named Dre, was then deployed. The suspect, who rearmed himself with another knife, stabbed the animal in his side, according to the Sheriff’s Department’s account.
The officers again used a Taser on the man, who was then taken into custody without further incident, the statement said.
The 5-year-old K-9, who suffered a collapsed lung, was transported to a veterinary hospital. He was expected to make a complete recovery after being hospitalized for several days.
Kakar was taken to a hospital for injuries he sustained in the encounter, authorities said. According to a Sheriff’s Department website, he was booked Wednesday on three felony counts: assault with a deadly weapon, harm to an officer’s horse or dog, and attempted murder. His bail was set at $1,000,000.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call the Moreno Valley Police Department’s Detective Bureau at 951-486-6700.