A man accused of hitting a police dog with a baseball bat and punching the canine as Tacoma officers tried to arrest him is in jail.
Patrick Dwayne Abregana, 34, is charged with harming a police dog, resisting arrest, attempted second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree assault.
He is to be arraigned Friday (Oct. 10). Court records did not list an attorney for him.
Police and charging papers give this account:
Staff members at a hotel in the 8700 block of South Hosmer Street told police about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday that Abregana had been causing problems, and they wanted him removed.
There was a felony warrant for his arrest, and he has two convictions of first-degree assault from 2000, for an incident in which he fired at officers.
Seven officers, one state Department of Corrections official and police dog Oscar – an 8-year-old German shepherd – approached Abregana’s room and forced open the door when he wouldn’t let them in.
The officers found him with a metal baseball bat, which he put down when told to. He then refused further commands, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.
That’s when Oscar was sent in to apprehend Abregana, who picked up the bat and hit the dog on the top of the head.
Oscar’s handler told Abregana again to drop the bat, at which point Abregana swung at the officer and missed, and another officer stepped in and used a stungun on him.
Abregana dropped the bat, but remained upright, and Oscar bit down on his arm to apprehend him, Cool said.
With Oscar still latched onto him, Abregana made his way to the nightstand in the room, took a drink from a mug there, set it down and then started punching the dog in the face, Cool said.
Oscar and multiple officers struggled with Abregana and took him into custody.
Neither the dog nor the officers were seriously injured, Cool said. The attack left Oscar, who joined Tacoma police about six years ago, with a lump on the head.
He was working again Wednesday.