One police dog was punched several times while the other was choked, but both are okay
VISALIA – Two K-9s were assaulted last week but still made the arrests of two men who refused to follow orders from officers. One K-9 was punched repeatedly and the other was choked during struggles with suspects in two unrelated cases.
At 4:15 a.m. on April 3, officers were dispatched to the Wells Fargo on South Mooney Bouelvard where a man was holding a brick and walking around the back possibly under the influence of drugs. The subject, later identified as 41-year-old Juan Padilla-Jimenez, threw a large river rock through a glass door to the business. Jimenez then made entry into the bank and refused to come out.
Officers attempted to negotiate with Jimenez with no success. A K-9 was eventually deployed into the bank where Padilla-Jiminez punched the police dog several times. Despite this, Jimenez was taken into custody and later booked at Tulare County Pretrial Facility on charges of burglary, vandalism, assault on a police K-9 and resisting arrest with force.
The second happened at 8:44 a.m. on April 9 in the area of Main Street and County Center Drive. Officers were responding to a report of domestic violence when the suspect, 46-year-old Andrew Sedillo, fled from officers after reportedly beating his wife.
After he failed to comply with officer’s orders, K-9 Bronson sent after him. During a struggle between the two, Sedillo choked the police dog. The officer then used his Taser on Sedillo before taking him into custody. The K-9 and officer were uninjured and sedillo was booked for domestic violence, resisting or delaying a peace officer and assault on a police K-9.
A third K-9 helped arrest a third suspect on April 9. At 5:26 p.m. officers responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 1900 block of Harold Avenue. The victim told officers that he was confronted by two men who demanded his money or they would hurt him and his dog. As the victim tried to leave, a metal object was thrown at him and the suspects fled. With the neighbors assistance, both suspects were found hiding in a nearby backyard. Neither one would comply with officers and a K-9 was utilized to take one into custody. The second surrendered. Both suspects were juveniles, one with a felony warrant. Both are facing multiple charges and were booked at Juvenile Hall.